Sunday, December 25, 2005

The Giant Monobulb


A few days ago I bought this perfectly normal-looking head of garlic in Union Square. When I unwrapped it, (I mean when I peeled it, but with garlic, it’s like unwrapping) I found that instead of a half dozen or a dozen or so little cloves, it was all one big old uncloven monobulb. I was going to call it a giant monoclove, but I guess I shouldn’t really call it a clove, since that refers only to things which have the quality of clovenness. It is not elephant garlic, which has giant cloves, but has them in the same pattern as smaller varieties of garlic.

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