Just about the time we run out of garlic from last year’s crop we look forward to eating spring garlic. Often called spring garlic or green garlic, it’s simply garlic that’s picked in the spring before the cloves begin to form.
Cloves can be planted close together in the fall to be used specifically as green garlic in the spring. On our farm we get our green garlic by picking “doubles” (two stems of garlic growing together). One stem is left in the ground and the other goes from “farm to table.” This vibrant, fresh garlic can be used in just about anything. Don’t be afraid to go big with these freshly picked beauties. You can use the whole stem and leaf (unless it is too woody at the top) and since its flavor is not as robust as regular garlic it will not overpower the dish. It’s great grilled, sauteed or freshly chopped for a salad.