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Dec 15, 2012 04:02 PM

Green Garlic Meat

Hi, I know that when garlic ages, it tends to sprout a green thing in the middle.

Well, frequently I get garlic and start peeling them, and not only is there a green thing in the middle, but parts of the actual garlic meat are green too.

Is this a mold/fungus?

Is it safe to eat cloves that are actually turning green?

Thank you for your help!

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  1. They may be unappealing in cooked dishes....but they are safe to eat, as I'm still here to tell you about it.....I usually just snip most of it off first before chopping or mincing.

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    1. re: fourunder

      It's just weird. I understand the green stem, but for the meat of the garlic itself to be green, it makes me concerned.

      I've read that sun-exposure can make them turn green, but these are straight from the store.

      I just get worried that it's a fungus or mold.

      1. re: troop111

        The germ makes total sense.... the green garlic doesn't. Almost sounds as though they are being exposed to too much sunlight.

        I actually remove the germ since I find them a tad bitter. Anyhow, if my garlic was green, it would be gone. Of course, my garlic isn't ever around long enough to age.

        1. re: smtucker

          So do you think they were left in the sun too long before being harvested and sent to the store, or do you think it's a mold/fungus?