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Jan 19, 2013 03:34 PM

Garlic with more/less sprouts?

I just bought a good amount of garlic to roast tonight and it seems that nearly every head I've chopped in half is full of green sprouts. I've never seen a head with such obvious sprouts and at such a density. Does this mean it's pretty old?

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  1. Hey there,
    I think it means it's older but I've never had a problem with it. I've even roasted whole bulbs with some sprouts and it's been fine. I think there may be a subtle change in flavor but it's nothing that I've ever noticed.

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    1. re: JeremyEG

      Great, I assume it was fine and so it's being roasted I just was wondering if the number of sprouts had any significance.

      1. re: fldhkybnva

        I don't think so. Mmmm. Roasted garlic sounds good and is a great immune booster I've heard for cold season. :)

    2. Garlic needs chilling to sprout, which is why it is normally planted in the fall. Somebody stored that batch of garlic at too low a temperature.

      Garlic that is sprouting can be potted up and grown on a sunny windowsill to provide lovely green garlic leaves that can be used much as chives but with a more interesting flavor.