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Aug 8, 2010 12:02 PM

Trader Joe's Colossal Garlic

I've searched the internet as well as Chowhound specifically, but can't find ANYBODY who has mentioned this subject, which makes me wonder if I'm losing my mind when I go shopping at TJ's these days, but...

Is it me, or has TJ's discontinued selling their colossal garlic? All I see now are regular-sized ones, and in my eyes of course they appear minuscule because I've been so admittedly spoiled by the colossal garlic all these many years.

Does anybody have any input on this?

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    1. re: buttermarblepopcorn

      Vegetables/fruit, bakery and dairy are locally, not nationally supplied.

      Never saw colossal garlic in San Diego.

      1. re: Cathy

        Ah, okay, thanks, had no idea about that!

    2. I've seen those in either New Orleans or Dallas when I lived there. Not at TJ's, just other stores. referred to as elephant garlic in those places. May have seen some locally at A&P here in Jersey as well. I picked some up once to boil with crawfish and wasn't too impressed with it. I much prefer the smaller heads.

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      1. What did the store manager tell you when you asked? S/he probably has a better idea than we do. Unless someone here is a TJ executive!

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        1. re: Muskrat

          I feel ashamed to admit that I haven't had the chance yet to ask a TJ manager or employee, because the last several times I went shopping there I was in a humongous rush! (Also, one time I'd simply forgotten to do so, as garlic wasn't on my list.)

          Next time, for sure.

        2. Colossal garlic recently disappeared in my TJ's too. I find the regular garlic is obviously smaller, but also not as fresh or good quality. I frequently get rotten cloves.

          1. i guess if you can't find elephant garlic at your other local markets, you can order the colossal online...

            i suspect TJ's may be temporarily out due to a general supply's out of stock on the "Garlic World" website in Gilroy, CA, and that's where most of it is grown.

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