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Elephant garlic (AlliumElephant garlic (Allium ampeloprasum) is a leek, not a garlic.  It's ready to harvest when about 30% of the foliage is starting to yellow. In many regions, this point comes in mid-May or June. If harvest is delayed past that point, the bulbs begin to split open, revealing the individual cloves.

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