Garlic is arranged in a head, called a “bulb,” which averages about 50 millimetres in height and diameter and consists of numerous small separate cloves. Both the cloves and the entire bulb are encased in paper-like sheathes that can be white, off-white or have a pink/purple hue. Although garlic cloves have a firm texture, they can be easily cut or crushed.
The taste of garlic is like no other. It hits the palate with a hot pungency that is shadowed by a very subtle background sweetness.
While elephant garlic has larger cloves, it is more closely related to the leek and therefore does not offer the full health benefits of regular garlic.