Green Garlic

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Green garlic is garlic that is either thinned or pulled early before the bulb forms. It is a springtime treat for the garlic grower. Click on other pix to enlarge and read captions.
Just-harvested green garlic is about the size of a scallion.
To prepare, wash the garlic and peel off the outer covering if need be. Slice off the root end and trim the green stems back.
So simple and so tasty--fresh minced green garlic in olive oil--with a little sea salt and fresh ground pepper. This makes a great dipping sauce for bread... or just about anything.
One of my favorite recipes using green garlic is roasted in the oven with fresh asparagus.
Green garlic is garlic that is either thinned or pulled early before the bulb forms. It is a springtime treat for the garlic grower. Click on other pix to enlarge and read captions.Click To Enlarge

Green garlic is garlic that is either thinned or pulled early before the bulb forms. It is a springtime treat for the garlic grower. Click on other pix to enlarge and read captions.

Photo: Susan Belsinger

Green Garlic is a gourmet delight. You can't really have it unless you grow it--or live near a garlic farmer who thins it in the spring or brings it to the farmers' market. These delightful early garlics are delicious and easy to prepare and are well worth growing or seeking out.

One of the benefits of growing garlic is that you can harvest the young tender green garlic before the individual cloves form. It is delicate and fresh in flavor, and resembles a very long scallion, with a white, tender bulb about two inches long, and a medium green-yellow stalk fourteen to eighteen inches long. Green garlic may be used anywhere garlic is called for, though more of it may be necessary because it is mild.The stalks are a bit fibrous, but when sliced thin they are very good insalads, sauces, soups, scrambled eggs and as a garnish.

Harvest the green garlic when they are about the size of a pencil to a green onion. If it is any bigger than that it gets fibrous and tough. I often plant my garlic a bit close together in order to have enough to thin and eat as green garlic in the spring.

Green Garlic Dipping Sauce

The easiest recipe for green garlic is to wash and mince it fine and place it in a shallow dish, cover it with extra-virgin olive oil and season with a little sea salt and freshly ground pepper. I use this to dunk bread in, however I also like to use it with artichokes, asparagus, beets, radishes, or spooned over potatoes in just about any form or brassicas like broccoli or cauliflower. Add a bit of red wine or balsamic vinegar for a vinaigrette.

Oven-Roasted Green Garlic and Asparagus

One of my most favorite recipes featuring spring produce is to combine the cleaned and trimmed green garlic with fresh asparagus in a baking dish and drizzle with olive oil. Bake in preheated 350-degree oven for about 20 minutes, turning once or twice. The veggies should be sizzling and crisp-tender; cooked through so they are tender though not soft and mushy. Cook a few minutes more if need be. Season with sea salt and freshly ground pepper and serve hot. They are also delightful at room temperature, or use them in a potato or pasta salad or omelet.

Here's hoping there is some green garlic in your garden--enjoy!

 


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Comments (15)

Valerieones writes: I like green garlic in vegetables
Posted: 4:00 am on September 21st
doriswhite writes: Looking good
Posted: 1:35 am on September 20th
samdavis54 writes: Mind Blowing
Posted: 12:08 am on August 30th
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Posted: 11:45 pm on August 23rd
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Posted: 10:44 am on August 16th
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Posted: 3:22 am on August 13th
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Posted: 1:59 am on August 8th
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Posted: 10:16 am on August 7th
machirano writes: wow… its awesome! very nice
Posted: 4:41 am on August 7th
markhunt writes: Looks really freshy

Posted: 2:07 am on July 29th
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Posted: 7:09 am on June 24th
DianaRey writes: Congratulations, Dwiggit!
Posted: 6:58 am on June 23rd
RJossiand writes: hummm nice for noodles I suppose
Posted: 4:00 am on June 10th
RosamundJeffers writes: "Green Garlic is a gourmet delight." indeed!
Posted: 2:21 am on May 4th
CarlieGreen writes: Though I love fresh green garlic, I'll surely try this garlic dipping sauce. I'm sure it'll go perfectly with some grilled lamb ribs.
Posted: 2:52 am on April 30th
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