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Elephants in the Garden: Big game garlic

Some folk have problems with cats in their gardens but generally not big cats. We have elephants in the kitchen garden and a whole herd of them too, in a row: elephant garlic. I grew a whole lot of them from bulbils, mini elephants that grew from the flower heads. I planted them in cell trays and when they had grown to size of a large pea, planted them out. We have been using them in the Torridon kitchens and when the chefs cut them in half, they discover a perfect elephant foot shape. Elephant garlic (allium scordoprasum) can grow up to six times larger than ordinary garlic (allium sativum) and has a milder flavour. Having grown it successfully we will be planting more in November. So look out for future elephant tails…from the Torridon kitchen garden. I believe I heard someone say it’s a bit of jungle. Back to the weeding.


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Dan & Rohaise are proud owners of The Torridon a family run and independent Hotel and resort. Passionate about food, service, provenance and promoting hospitality as an Industry of choice, especially for young people.

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