green garlic: photo by gourmetsleuth.com
Green GarlicA spring culinary treat that does not
receive as much fan fare as it deserves.
Article by: Barbara Bowman
About Green Garlic
This mild stage of garlic may be hard to find unless your have access to a
farmers market that sells this delicacy (from March to May) or you garden and
grow your own.
Research is being done by the Tainan District Agricultural
Improvement Station in Taiwan to develop a strain of garlic that can be grown in
warmer temperatures to produce summer green garlic. (Source: TNDAIS). This
advancement will greatly enhance the commercial availability of green garlic.
In the meanwhile, given garlic is such an easy plant
to grow we encourage you to toss some in your
garden and give it a try.
In general green garlic can be used in any
recipe that calls for mature garlic. The end product will produce a delicate
flavor, more mild than matured raw garlic.
| ||Mince and add to
| ||Pound it into a paste to
make green-garlic aioli|
| ||Use in salad
| || |
| ||Poach the last 4" of the
tips and dress with a mustard vinaigrette|
| ||Blanch in water or chicken
stock and puree it. Add the puree to a custard or soufflé.|
| ||Dice and sauté the tender
portions and add to an omelet or frittata|
| ||Chop and add to
| ||Chop and add to homemade
potato soup|Northern U.S
. - Plant 4 -6 weeks
before the ground freezes.Milder Climates
- Plant from
October to January
1. Separate the cloves from the bulb, do not peel
2. Plant cloves in a prepared bed with the pointed side up, burying
them about 1 inch deep in mild climate or 2 - 4 inches deep in cold winter
climate. Cloves should be planted a minimum of 4 inches apart with 8 inches
between rows. For the largest bulbs, plant 6 inches apart with 12 inches
3. Cover with up to 2" of mulch.
sufficiently so that soil remains moist but not wet and soggy.
with organic fertilizer like chicken manure (side dress). You may also use a
spray-on fertilizer that gets absorbed through the leaves.
plant starts setting bulbs, stop fertilizing. During the growth period keep the
plants evenly moist. Don't let the bed dry out, and don't over water.
It is time to harvest green garlic in the spring when stalks are tender and have
reached the length of an average scallion (green onion). This is before the
bulblets begin to develop.
Untreated garlic from the grocery store can be used to grow garlic. If you are unsure if it is treated you can purchase "seed" garlic from your local nursery or from one of these online sourcesFilaree Farms
- Sells almost 100 varieties.Irish Eyes
- Resource for many varieties of garlic for growing.
If you are going to purchase green garlic look for green stalks that are not yellowing or blemished.
Prepare - Similar to leeks, green garlic stalks trap dirt and sand within the leaves. Rinse each stalk carefully. Once washed, the entire stalk can be used.
Store - If you are growing the garlic then harvest right before you use it. Green garlic can be stored in the refrigerator for up to three or four days.