Answer: I, too, was surprised by these top bulbs (called bulbils) when I first grew garlic! Yes, you can use them in recipes just as you would regular garlic cloves. You can plant them, too, but it will probably take a few years before they produce cloves of any size. I'd rather plant full-sized cloves and be able to harvest good-sized bulbs the next summer. It's a good idea to pinch the bulbils back early on so that the plant will direct more energy to the maturing bulbs below ground.
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