Garlic, Part III: Thanks for the introduction to different types of garlic

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Garlic, Part III

By drdawg
May 6, 2015

I have covered some of the history of garlic, some of the misconceptions related to garlic, and the growing/harvesting/storage of garlic. Let's now look at some of the more readily available varieties so that we understand what characteristics they will have and how they are similar yet different in bulb/clove color, size, flavor, and pungency.

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Name: Linda
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mom2goldens
May 5, 2015 7:02 PM CST
Another great article, Ken. You've introduced me to some varieties I've never heard of before, and would love to try. Really interesting information on the Creole garlic--I'd always heard it was a softneck variety. Definitely sounds like something I would love to try when I have the opportunity.

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drdawg
May 5, 2015 7:06 PM CST
I hate to say this, since I really need my "cash" crop to do well, but garlic is really easy to grow. Plant it in the fall and you can practically forget it until May. That's a little simplified, but compared to the tropical plants that are my real passion, growing garlic is a piece of cake.
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blue23rose
May 6, 2015 4:55 AM CST
Thank you for all this information. It was very interesting to read!
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drdawg
May 6, 2015 6:10 AM CST
Thank You! I tip my hat to you.
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Oberon46
May 6, 2015 9:29 AM CST
Another great article. Talk about muddying water... Rolling on the floor laughing I am wondering if I am not shooting myself in the foot ordering the 8/8 one. I will leave it to your discretion then. I would like something fairly hot and pungent and also some to try to grow here that will do well here as well as many a few of the ones that are iffy but very desirable. There. Did I permanently obscure you water? Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
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drdawg
May 6, 2015 9:36 AM CST
No, the water is clearing. Thanks, Mary. I'll try to keep Damien happy. Whistling
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Claudia
May 6, 2015 4:27 PM CST
Just read your series and enjoyed all the articles. I had idea there were different types of garlic. A must read for my DH who is the cook here. Maybe I will try growing some. I am the gardener here. Smiling
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drdawg
May 6, 2015 5:00 PM CST
Go for it, Claudia. These garlics are simply amazing in both flavor and pungency. It is hard for me to describe them or compare them to what we get in our grocery stores. The problem you'll have is that when you and your husband taste them and begin to use them, it is hard to save enough to plant in the fall. That's my problem! Whistling
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