December 19, 2004

Sprouting Garlic

POST #    1476

So what does one do with garlic that has been sprouting like this. I guess it's obvious that this bulb has been sitting around for a while.

I did confirm that it's okay to use though:

Garlic has the potential to sprout. If it does, the compounds responsible for its pungency will partly seep into the new sprouts, leaving the bulb itself diminished in flavor. Cloves that have sprouted can still be used, although you may need to include more of them in your recipe to compensate for the milder taste.

Too bad I don't have some dirt that I can plant the bulb in.

Posted by tien mao in Food/Drink at 10:08 AM



I suppose you could always find some expired parmesan cheese and make the most rotten batch of lasagna of all time...

Posted by: Maine at December 19, 2004 5:03 PM

you can put it half-in-water (I think) and it will grow all stalky like a plant. Or, maybe that's avacado pits.

Posted by: yp at December 19, 2004 9:58 PM

i think that is mostly with avocado pits, but it might work with other bulbs. i once demonstrated how to/not to grow onions bulbs that way-ending in the tv shorting out

Posted by: shannan at December 19, 2004 11:44 PM

Sprouting aside, that is a really fantastic photo, tien.

My favourite way of cooking (unsprouted) garlic is to break apart the bulb into cloves, and cook them (peel on) in red wine, a bit of congac and some brown sugar, until the liquids have all evaporated. Then just suck them out of the peel. Delicioius.

Posted by: rappy at December 20, 2004 9:39 AM

ahhh yes, Shannan's ill-fated onion project. Made even more curious by her hatred for onions. I think that project spent more time being batted around on the floor by the cat, then growing in the cup. of course, till it rotted and spilled all over our super cool 80's tv.

Posted by: christina at December 20, 2004 9:46 AM

thanks rappy. i've got to give credit where credit is's all the camera. that garlic recipe sounds quite tasty.

christina and shannan, i'll never understand that whole onion thing. i remember the water being all brown and nasty.

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Posted by: shannan at December 20, 2004 10:04 AM

Thanks for the confirmation that one can still use sprouting garlic: I myself have always wondered if yep or if not: now I got the answer and won't get rid of them anymore! :-)

Posted by: stef at December 20, 2004 10:25 AM

that garlic recipe does sound really good, will have to try it. (i heard eating garlic does wonders for colds, my coworker swears by it.) and yes, shannan, the water was brown and nasty, and the only thing growing was mold!

Posted by: christina at December 20, 2004 10:30 AM

Tien, I'm too lazy to look back in your archives about your camera. Which is it? I've got a regular 3.2mp Canon (which is really great, actually), but I'm considering getting a digital SLR in the next year or so.

Posted by: rappy at December 23, 2004 3:34 PM

Um...I am looking for the technical term for the garlic's bugging me that I can't find it...does anyone know?

Posted by: Meghan at September 10, 2005 10:13 PM

Nevermind, it's called the germ...

Posted by: Meghan at September 10, 2005 10:16 PM

You can definitely do avocado-pit-style sprouting with garlic. I did, and made a time-lapse sequence of the ensuing growth. Look here.

Posted by: Tim Silverman at January 4, 2006 12:42 PM

Wait, my garlic has sprouted, can i just plant it in soil??


Posted by: Krista at May 1, 2006 3:22 AM

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