Garlic, Part III: Creole 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: Christine
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May 8, 2015 7:46 AM CST
Another great article! Thumbs up

I'm trying Creole garlic for the first time this year (planted last October because I had to wait longer for this one to arrive), called Spanish Benitee. I'm looking forward harvest. Maybe this next growing season I'll have to give Ajo Rojo a try.

Thanks for all the great info. Smiling
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Name: Ken Ramsey
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drdawg
May 8, 2015 8:06 AM CST
I have grown Spanish Benitee in the past and though it grew well, the bulbs were a little small for me (I sell my garlic by the pound, so the larger the bulb, the better). I grow Ajo Rojo every year and I love the flavor/pungency as well as the bulb size. I find that the Creole garlic tends to run a bit smaller than the softneck and hardneck varieties.

I am one of the few who actually have my garlic available in early June (hardneck) and mid-June (softneck and Creole). Unfortunately, I am just a hobbyist grower and sell out of everything quite early.
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Name: Christine
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May 8, 2015 12:46 PM CST
Hmmm ~ So when would be the best time for me to find Ajo Rojo bulbs available on your website? Whistling Rolling my eyes.
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Name: Ken Ramsey
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drdawg
May 8, 2015 1:02 PM CST
I am taking pre-harvest orders as we speak. I already have several dozen orders. Each and every year I sell out and end up cancelling orders/refunding money because the orders came in too late. Contact me via T-Mail if you have interest.
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Name: Anna
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canadanna
May 10, 2015 8:25 AM CST
Great info. I want to try real garlic too. I think I have the leek growing everywhere!
Name: Christine
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May 10, 2015 8:43 AM CST
Leeks are great to cook with too!! nodding
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Name: Ken Ramsey
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drdawg
May 10, 2015 12:49 PM CST
That's true, Christine. They just will never deliver the flavor or pungency of heirloom garlic.
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