Farmers Market Fare Green garlic

Published on June 4th, 2012 | by Patricia Larenas


Green Garlic Season is Short But Sweet

Green garlic

Green garlic, also called spring garlic, is a seasonal specialty. Try its delicate mild garlic flavor and you’ll add it to your list of springtime favorites. Green garlic is garlic that is harvested before it fully matures and is not cured as regular garlic bulbs are. Farmers markets and CSAs have it now as part of the season’s offerings, but the season is short.

Green garlic can have a partially formed bulb, or look more like a green onion. A simple way to enjoy it is sauteed to add garlicky flavor to  fresh vegetables; I love it with braised artichokes which are also in season. Use it as you would a leek, that is, trim off any parts of the stalk or bulb that are tough and not tender, then saute gently in olive oil on low heat until soft. Add fresh vegetables that have been cooked until just tender and saute a few more minutes. Try new potatoes, asparagus, or greens. Season with salt and pepper and serve, or toss with pasta. See more recipes in this NY Times post.

Green garlic chopped

If you grow garlic in your garden you can easily harvest some of your crop April to May and early June, before it flowers. I now harvest all of my garlic early since it’s easy to find good garlic bulbs any time of the year, but it’s a special treat to have really fresh spring garlic.

Elephant Garlic flower

Last fall I planted huge cloves of  Elephant garlic from my farmer’s market, then harvested them in April as green garlic. The super-sized bulbs grew very well and were wonderfully tender and delicious by this spring.

But I couldn’t resist letting one of the plants flower (photo above).  It was just too spectacular to miss!

Photos: Patricia Larenas, UrbanArtichoke

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Patricia Larenas is a writer and gardener living in Silicon Valley doing her part to heal the planet, one garden at a time. She left her career in the tech sector to dig in the dirt full time and help others create and enjoy their edible landscapes. Read more at her web site:

  • admin

    good informative.. whether this new variant in addition to garlic ..?

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  • Becky Striepe

    I LOVE green garlic! We have gotten it a few times over the past couple of months, and I am afraid that green garlic season here in north GA is just about over. I hope we get more…it’s one of my favorite spring treats!

    • Urban Artichoke

      Thanks for the shout -out at Vegetable Husband!
      That’s why I try to grow my own now, so I don’t miss out- but it does seem to be getting more popular at the farmers markets and with CSAs.
      Enjoy while you can :)

  • Urban Artichoke

    Hi admin, do you mean to ask if is this a new variant of garlic?
    As I wrote in the post, it’s just immature garlic. There are different types of garlic, and they seem to all be good as green garlic (all the ones I’ve tried so far).
    If I didn’t answer your question, please let me know-

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