I recently scored some whole, fresh garlic plants at our local farmer's market (Evanston, IL) the clerk (farmer?) recommended that i cut off the garlic flower bulbs growing at the tip of the (very long) plant, split them, rub with olive oil and grill. In fact, he threw in a few extra flowers with my purchase. Well, i did that, 'cept i maranated the split flowers (more like big buds, actually) in an olive oil&(balsamic) vinegar dressing that i had made for our salad. I grilled the buds on both sides till well browned resting on a piece of aluminium foil on the hot grill. Not only did the buds impart a wonderful, subtile garlic flavor to the dressing, they were about the best thing i've ever put in my mouth-- essence of early summer. Try it folks.