winter garlic; was RE: all allium to eat?

Jim McKenney
Wed, 02 Nov 2005 11:38:45 PST
Linda, the name Allium sativum is the name taxonomists use for garlic. It
includes all soft-neck and hard-neck garlic. 

I don't know what "winter garlic" is; can you describe it a bit more?

You mentioned that it is milder than typical garlic. Is there any chance
that what you have is not a true garlic but rather the similar plant
marketed as "elephant garlic". This "elephant garlic" looks just like a
gigantic garlic, but is in fact typically considered to be a member of the
Allium ampeloprasum/Allium porrum group, in other words, a leek rather than
a garlic.

Jim McKenney
Montgomery County, Maryland, USA, USDA zone 7, where leeks are appreciated
not only on the table but also as inexpensive, quickly multiplied
substitutes for those pricey ornamental floral-ball Allium. 

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