can you use garlic seed in cooking?

Hi all

Our garlic has dried beautifully, but the flower heads were left on the stalks. We now have lots of dried garlic seeds. I've hunted on the web, but can't find any recipes using garlic seed. Are they ok to eat? TIA



  • steephillsteephill Posts: 1,012
    I haven't tried it but I guess they will be similar to onion seed (kalonji) so any recipe which uses those should work. I have used kalonji in curries and naan bread is often coated with it so I would be happy to try it.
  • jmedsjmeds Posts: 16
    Thanks Steephill! 
  • SkandiSkandi Northern DenmarkPosts: 636
    edited August 2019
    Garlic doesn't produce seeds, what you have on the top is little bulbils, they taste just like garlic, no reason you can't use them except the small size.

    The "Onion" seeds on naan are not onion seeds but Nigella sativa So love in the mist and not any form of allium.

  • jmedsjmeds Posts: 16
    Thanks Skandi!
  • Looks like garlic does produce seed, just like onions and other alliums, but it isn't usually eaten
  • jmedsjmeds Posts: 16
    Thanks Bookmonster - a useful article!
  • Yes, you can use them and they are much similar to the regular garlic. Eating or not is up to you and they are a bit similar to onion seeds.
  • jmedsjmeds Posts: 16
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