Put it on the Dinner Table
This variety works for
- Fresh eating
Raw garlic is extremely potent and should be used carefully in dishes. Garlic pairs well with acid-rich foods like tomatoes and citrus and creamy sauces made with butter.
To roast garlic, leave the the cloves connected but cut off the top of the head and drizzle olive oil over the cloves before placing in the oven. Roasted garlic can be added to dishes or spread over slices of bread.
Garlic scapes, also known as "spears" or "tops", grow as part of the stem of a garlic head. They are tender and have a mild garlic flavor. They can be used in stir-fries or pickled like beans.
Softneck garlic varieties store the best when their tops are kept on and braided into a rope. Make sure to discard any bulbs that are spongy, moldy, or damaged.