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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May 8, 2015 7:46 AM CST
Name: Christine
North East Texas (Zone 7b)
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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
May your life be like a wildflower, growing freely in the beauty and joy of each day --Native American Proverb

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May 8, 2015 8:06 AM CST
Name: Ken Ramsey
Vero Beach, FL (Zone 10a)
Tropical Plants & More
Bromeliad Vegetable Grower Region: United States of America Tropicals Plumerias Orchids
Region: Mississippi Master Gardener: Mississippi Hummingbirder Cat Lover Composter Seller of Garden Stuff
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.
drdawg (Ken Ramsey) - Tropical Plants & More

I don't have gray hair, I have a lot of wisdom-highlights. I must be very wise.
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May 8, 2015 12:46 PM CST
Name: Christine
North East Texas (Zone 7b)
Living In Truth - Fearless
Heirlooms Organic Gardener Hummingbirder Bee Lover Herbs Seed Starter
Winter Sowing Tomato Heads Vegetable Grower Keeper of Poultry Birds Cat Lover
Hmmm ~ So when would be the best time for me to find Ajo Rojo bulbs available on your website? Whistling Rolling my eyes.
May your life be like a wildflower, growing freely in the beauty and joy of each day --Native American Proverb

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May 8, 2015 1:02 PM CST
Name: Ken Ramsey
Vero Beach, FL (Zone 10a)
Tropical Plants & More
Bromeliad Vegetable Grower Region: United States of America Tropicals Plumerias Orchids
Region: Mississippi Master Gardener: Mississippi Hummingbirder Cat Lover Composter Seller of Garden Stuff
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.
drdawg (Ken Ramsey) - Tropical Plants & More

I don't have gray hair, I have a lot of wisdom-highlights. I must be very wise.
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May 10, 2015 8:25 AM CST
Name: Anna
North Texas (Zone 8a)
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Great info. I want to try real garlic too. I think I have the leek growing everywhere!
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May 10, 2015 8:43 AM CST
Name: Christine
North East Texas (Zone 7b)
Living In Truth - Fearless
Heirlooms Organic Gardener Hummingbirder Bee Lover Herbs Seed Starter
Winter Sowing Tomato Heads Vegetable Grower Keeper of Poultry Birds Cat Lover
Leeks are great to cook with too!! nodding
May your life be like a wildflower, growing freely in the beauty and joy of each day --Native American Proverb

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May 10, 2015 12:49 PM CST
Name: Ken Ramsey
Vero Beach, FL (Zone 10a)
Tropical Plants & More
Bromeliad Vegetable Grower Region: United States of America Tropicals Plumerias Orchids
Region: Mississippi Master Gardener: Mississippi Hummingbirder Cat Lover Composter Seller of Garden Stuff
That's true, Christine. They just will never deliver the flavor or pungency of heirloom garlic.
drdawg (Ken Ramsey) - Tropical Plants & More

I don't have gray hair, I have a lot of wisdom-highlights. I must be very wise.
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