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Name: Arlene
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florange
Dec 6, 2015 7:29 AM CST
This fall and early winter have been exciting when you like good garlic! I received 6 varieties of garlic from drdawg early in the fall and it has been amazing experience! The bulbs range from softly mild to bold/hot. So far I haven't tried two of the varieties because they have the longest storage times. A couple of nights ago I made a big pot of chili so in went 4 cloves of White Polish garlic. I taste tested it before using and my eyes bulged from the heat! However, it was great in the chili and gave it a big full taste that prior batches lacked. How can I ever go back to grocery store insipid garlic after tasting gourmet, heirloom garlics.

Drdawg, you created a problem!! Hurray!
Name: Patti
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Tuckersmom
Dec 6, 2015 7:50 AM CST
Drdawg, how can I get on your list for garlic next fall?

Arlene, your chili sounds wonderful. I have never had homegrown garlic so your post has created a monster. Hilarious!

Edited to say homeground garlic instead of homegrown chili
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Name: Jennifer
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jvdubb
Dec 6, 2015 7:58 AM CST
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Name: Arlene
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florange
Dec 6, 2015 10:06 AM CST
Patti, I can't grow garlic myself--my climate is too warm. I live on an Central FL barrier island and it does limit me.

Drdawg is very kind because I asked for a selection of garlic. It's called be careful for what you ask. My husband has hugely enjoyed the experiments. The chili I'm currently making is Chasen's Chili. If you google it, the recipe will appear. It's popular. Because we don't eat much meat, I cut the meat back to 1 lb. good ground beef and increase the beans. The works for us. Add a pot of cornbread and it's called dinner.
Name: Patti
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Tuckersmom
Dec 6, 2015 10:32 AM CST
Thank you Arlene, I will look that recipe up. As for garlic, I knew there was a hard necked and a soft necked variety. I didn't know that they came mild to hot. I've already learned something this morning! Thanks again.
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Name: Arlene
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florange
Dec 6, 2015 11:19 AM CST
The garlics drdawg sent include the following hardnecks: Maiskij, Purple Glazier, and Sonoran. These garlics are 6 mo storage and they range from bold to mild.

The softnecks include: White Polish, Red Toch and Western Rose. These garlic store for 9-12 mo. depending on variety.

With no basement or cool garage (the stuff in the garage is cool, but the garage itself is very warm), the hardnecks are already sprouting, but the softnecks aren't.
Name: Ken Ramsey
Starkville, MS (Zone 8a)
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drdawg
Dec 6, 2015 11:32 AM CST
Arlene, if this is the worst problem you'll ever have, you'll have had a blessed life. Hurray!

Before I started growing the stuff, I did not know what gourmet garlic even was, much less the various tastes. Every variety I grow has a different flavor (called "garlickiness") and pungency ("heat"). Now, having this garlic always available, we go through about 10 lbs. of it a year. That's not planted.........that's eaten. We use it the vast majority of meals, whether it is sliced, diced, or whole cloves. It makes a wonderful addition to marinates and I grill, and thus marinate, at least twice each week, week-in an week-out.

By the way, that wonderful, huge elephant garlic you see in your grocery stores is not even garlic. It is simply a large onion that has a mild, garlic taste. It is too bad it is not labeled "elephant onion". Talk about false advertising. Sticking tongue out
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Name: Ken Ramsey
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drdawg
Dec 6, 2015 11:42 AM CST
Arlene, keep in mind I sell out of all my garlic by mid-June. You got your garlic in June, not in the fall. I wouldn't want people to start ordering any. Whistling The typical storage time is: Hardneck - 4-6 mo., Softneck - 6-9 mo., and Creole - 9-12 mo. Storage should be in the dark (I ship my varieties in a brown paper sack and they should be stored in their bag), in a reasonably cool area (mine are stored in our kitchen pantry, and the temperature will range from the mid-60's to the mid-70's), and dry. If the garlic is exposed to much light, to prolonged warmth, and certainly to dampness, it will tend to sprout.

Back in May I published three articles on garlic. There was so much to discuss that it couldn't be done in one article. Folks that are new to the world of heirloom, gourmet garlic might like to take a look at these articles.
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Name: Patti
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Tuckersmom
Dec 6, 2015 2:58 PM CST
Thank you Arlene, I will look that recipe up. As for garlic, I knew there was a hard necked and a soft necked variety. I didn't know that they came mild to hot. I've already learned something this morning! Thanks again.
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Name: Ivy T
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ivyplantsnyc
Dec 24, 2015 12:29 PM CST
I must say that the garlic that I have ordered is always delicious. Can't go wrong.
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Name: Ken Ramsey
Starkville, MS (Zone 8a)
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drdawg
Dec 24, 2015 1:26 PM CST
I tip my hat to you. @torriesmom
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Name: Elfrieda
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orchidgal
Dec 25, 2015 10:56 PM CST
The two varieties I ordered from Ken are planted -- and sprouting already. We could do with some colder weather, however; but think they'll be OK.
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Name: Ken Ramsey
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drdawg
Dec 26, 2015 6:29 AM CST
You'll have to let us know the outcome, @orchidgal. I have read of so many Floridians not having success growing garlic. Did you plant Creole or Softneck?
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Name: Elfrieda
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orchidgal
Dec 26, 2015 11:12 PM CST
Both varieties of garlic I ordered from you Ken, are softneck. One is Lorz Italian and the other softneck is Blanca Piacenza. My understanding is that softneck is the type to use in Florida. They've sprouted shoots and I will be watching them carefully.
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Name: Ken Ramsey
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drdawg
Dec 27, 2015 7:17 AM CST
OK, either one is supposed to produce in Florida. I just didn't remember what you got.
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