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Author Topic: Anyone else tried "Elephant"/"Jumbo" garlic?  (Read 1799 times)
AndrewE
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« on: September 10, 2017, 06:42:36 PM »

I was given a few cloves a couple of years ago, planted them too late (in the spring) and got two huge single-clove spheres, planted them again last autumn and got two whopping great bulbs of garlic this year: each one filled the palm of my hand!  I'm now considering re-sowing some cloves from them but I'm disappointed to find that they don't taste of anything...

I think I shall forget these and just carry on planting cloves from the outer ring of other varieties that work - and taste of something too.

Anyone else got experience of this?
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« Reply #1 on: September 10, 2017, 07:48:39 PM »

I've not grown elephant garlic due to the reports of it being very mild, as you have found.

This year I grew provence wight, which I have been pleased with. Large cloves, not the strongest garlic but not a mild weekling either. A bit of high potash feed is recommended. I plant mine in November.

This is the sales blurb for them:

"An outstanding garlic variety which produces large, fat cloves, forming a bulb approaching Elephant Garlic size! Garlic 'Provence Wight' bulbs have excellent keeping qualities and store well into the New Year."

Mine did get to a very good size and probably the largest garlic I have ever grown but I wouldn't have said close to elephant garlic. Maybe mine needed a bit more feed.
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« Reply #2 on: September 11, 2017, 06:02:38 AM »

I am far more successful growing elephant garlic than the usual types.  Unfortunately my wife says they have little taste and does not utilise my harvests to any great extent.  I still plant some, hoping she will use more of them.  Exasperating, really!

I also have Solent Wight and Early Purple Wight for the next season.
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« Reply #3 on: September 11, 2017, 02:05:05 PM »

Tried them whilst in Brittany, grew well but I found the flavour lacking.
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« Reply #4 on: September 11, 2017, 02:45:12 PM »

Thanks for the comments, I shall bite the bullet and invest in some good new stock.
(hiding indoors just now after changing due to being caught in a torrential shower!)
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« Reply #5 on: September 11, 2017, 02:53:44 PM »

We grew some a few years back, very successfully. They are a great conversation piece to have in the kitchen when you have visitors around, but as others have said above, their flavour is quite lacking.
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« Reply #6 on: September 12, 2017, 01:11:35 PM »

roast the bulbs whole, that's about the only use we found for them
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« Reply #7 on: September 13, 2017, 07:05:25 PM »

Thanks for the hints, acting on them I have now found that a few cloves in the roasting tin around a chicken are quite good.  Maybe I will put a few in the garden again this autumn...

These people
http://www.simplyseed.co.uk/onion-sets-garlic-bulbs.html
say that it's not actually garlic species proper and is effectively bi-ennial.  I wonder how to get from alternate years of giant single cloves to 50% of plants that make a proper garlic bulb each year...  Maybe try to keep some cloves in sealed cold storage for 18 months?
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