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Dec 12, 2009 12:54 PM

Louisiana lingo - What is a "toe" of garlic?

Is it a "literal" and if so, would it be a big toe or a little toe - child or adult - man or woman

Is it a "unit"; ie a "clove", and if so, how big

Is it an amt?, ie 1 tea (= 2 sm or 1 med clove - see "unit")


Is it an elusive amt, ie whatever makes you happy?

Of course I'm being silly.... but serious at the same time. When I come across it in a recipe, I just use whatever amount I like - but is there an actual, intended amount hidden in that south La. lingo?

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  1. It's simply one piece broken off from the bulb...

    5 Replies
    1. re: penthouse pup

      Correct...A toe is just another term for a clove of garlic, and two or three toes is better than one!!

        1. re: foiegras

          No No...Sometimes ya need da whole"foot" :))

          1. re: Uncle Bob

            In these parts, we like to see a maximum of 5 toes per foot ;)

            I'd never heard this terminology before, but they are kinda shaped like toes when you think about it ...

        2. re: Uncle Bob

          Yep just one Southern lingo!

      1. If you recall that a cloven hoof is a hoof that has big "toes", then a toe of garlic is a clove....