Single Clove Garlic / Solo Garlic

We don’t get single clove garlic around here much, as the multi clove variety is more popular due to its stronger flavor and relatively lower price. Naheed found some quite by accident and shared a few with me.

[singlepic id=513 w=320 h=240 float=left]I’m not sure where else they’re grown, but I am sure about one place of origin being the Yunnan province in China. Typically around 3 centimetres onwards in diameter, single clove garlic or solo garlic are whit or purple in color, though the ones I have are a light, creamy yellow. While it seems as if the flavor is stronger than normal garlic, it is actually quite mild and perhaps even slightly nutty. Some say it can also be used as a prophylactic for bird flu!

Where would you use it? I suggest Paper thin slices for topping baked dishes,Paper thin slices for salads, sliced in half makes it easier to rub into bowls for salads, thin slices will make pockets in stuffed chicken breasts stretch longer evenly distribute the flavor… wherever. :)

Have you used this before? What would you do with it?

– Sid

Sid Khullar

Sid Khullar is the founder of Chef at Large, a blog that began in 2007. He enjoys cooking, writing, travelling and technology in addition to being a practising Freemason. Health and wellness is a particularly passionate focus. Sid prefers the company of food and animals to most humans, and can be reached at