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- The mature bulb is broken up into cloves which are quite large and with papery skins and these are used for both culinary purposes and propagation.
- Unlike many garlics, elephant garlic does not have to be harvested or divided each year but can be ignored and left in the ground without much risk of rotting.
- Like regular garlic, elephant garlic can be roasted whole on the grill or baked in the oven, and then used as a spread with butter on toast.
- Fresh elephant garlic contains mostly moisture and foams up like boiling potatoes, whether on the stove or in a glass dish in the oven.
- Drying in the basement for a few months reduces the moisture content, and also bring out a fuller flavor.