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The Instacart guide to elephant garlic


About elephant garlic

Elephant garlic is native to China and was first grown in the United States in 1941. Elephant garlic looks like a giant head of conventional garlic, but it isn't true garlic at all. It is a kind of leek. Like regular garlic, elephant garlic is a bulb that grows underground. Heads are two to three times larger than regular garlic, often reaching the size of a softball. While conventional garlic can have as many as 20 cloves in a bulb, a bulb of elephant garlic usually has four to six palm-sized cloves.

Layers of off-white or purple paper-thin skin cover the bulb. Individual elephant garlic cloves are pale yellow and covered in a yellowish-white papery wrapper. These giants are found in the produce section year-round.

Most chefs describe the flavor of elephant garlic as milder and sweeter than conventional garlic, with a slight nuttiness. Elephant garlic is a good source of vitamins A, C, and E and the amino acid allicin.

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FAQs About Elephant Garlic

Store whole elephant garlic bulbs in a cool, dark place with low humidity. A basement, garage, root cellar, or kitchen cupboard close to the floor is perfect. Properly stored, whole bulbs will stay fresh and tasty for up to six months. Whole, unpeeled cloves will stay fresh for three weeks in your cupboard. Peeled cloves should be kept in your fridge and used within a week. Chopped, pureed, or sliced elephant garlic should be refrigerated and used within a day or two. 

Elephant garlic cloves can also be frozen for up to a year in a plastic freezer bag. You can also freeze elephant garlic puree in an ice cube tray for easy addition to recipes.

The thin, papery skins on garlic cloves can be tricky to remove by hand. Here are two methods for peeling garlic quickly:

If your pup enjoys human food from time to time, avoid giving them elephant garlic. Elephant garlic contains a chemical called thiosulfate that is toxic to dogs. Small amounts of elephant garlic (such as in a seasoning, marinade, or side dish) can lead to anemia. Large amounts of elephant garlic can cause serious gastrointestinal issues in your pet.

Elephant garlic is a tasty way to add mellow garlic flavor to everyday dishes. Instacart makes it easy to get elephant garlic from local participating retailers! Use the Instacart app to order elephant garlic and other necessities. You can enjoy contact-free delivery or pickup, often on the same day!
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