Variety: Elephant Garlic



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Variety Overview

Elephant garlic is actually a type of leek, rather than a type of garlic, but gets its name from the fact that it looks like a giant bulb of garlic. It's about twice the size of a bulb of common garlic but only contains about five cloves. Elephant garlic can sometimes weigh up to a pound per bulb.


  • Garlic
  • Cooking Vegetables
  • Like a very large bulb of common garlic, with a white, papery skin that can have some purple markings

  • About five large individual cloves of firm, white to pale gold flesh covered in tight, papery skins that should be removed before use

  • Reminiscent of common garlic, but with a much milder, sweeter flavor

  • A bulb of elephant garlic can weigh up to a pound

  • White, sometimes with traces of purple

  • Bulb-shaped

  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Year-round

  • Photo courtesy Frieda's Inc.

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