Last week, Christopher Ranch sent me a sample of green garlic—young garlic that’s harvested before the garlic bulb develops underground. From a distance, green garlic looks just like scallions, but get a little closer and there’s no mistaking that familiar garlic scent. I took the fragrant bundle home, thinking that a riff on aglio e olio (spaghetti with garlic and olive oil) would be a great way to get to know green garlic.
|When a sample comes in the mail, the wheels start turning. What to make?||Green garlic is easy to prep and can be used in just about any recipe where you’d use mature garlic.|
As I julienned the green garlic, I was surprised by how much the texture reminded me of raw leeks. I cooked the green garlic in plenty of oil until wilted and a little browned, then tossed it with thin spaghetti. The flavor was nicely garlicky without being too pungent.
Green garlic is usually only a spring treat, available early in the growing season as farmers thin their garlic crops. This year Christopher Ranch has designated acreage specifically for green garlic, so it’ll be available through October. If you see some at your market, give it a try. You can use it in just about any dish where garlic is at home. The last few green garlic shoots that remain in my fridge are destined for a chimichurri sauce (thanks to a recipe by Steven Raichlen).
|My take on aglio e olio (spaghetti with garlic and olive oil).||FC contributor Steven Raichlen’s recipe for Chimichurri sauce. Enjoy!|
If you cook with green garlic, post a comment here to let me know what you made, or if you’ve got a recipe and a photo, I’d love to see it.
Green garlic looks like scallions, but their scent gives them away.
Thanks for the sample, Christopher Ranch!
My version of aglio e olio (spaghetti with garlic and olive oil).
My first batch of green garlic: cooking down in olive oil.
The rest of my green garlic sample will become a chimichurri sauce.