Our Gourmet Garlic
Yugoslavian (Porcelain). For the politically correct... this garlic seed is from when Yugoslavia was still a country so as to exactly which area it is from today it is hard to say... as it is no longer a country but split into 3 countries now, being (Serbia, Albania, and Croatia).
Portuguese (Purple Stripe) Garlic. This garlic is quite unique in it's paper husk... it is such a beautiful garlic, the jew of our garlic I like to say... The paper husk is thin and quite fragile but is none the less beautiful and a fantastic garlic.
Elephant Garlic... which is actually not a true garlic but of the leek family. It has a much milder taste than a regular garlic for those who want a light garlic taste in their dishes. The Elephant Garlic is also known as: "Russian Garlic, French Garlic, and Buffalo Garlic".
Preparing our garlic beds... my husband helping me to hand turn the garden beds ready for garlic to be planted here for the next years harvest.
With my hand as an quick and easy measurement, I push through the dirt with the clove in my finger tips to my third knuckle depth as a quick reference for the depth they need to be planted.
Never pull garlic bulbs out of the soil, as you can damage the paper husk or parchment that wraps their cloves.
Showing the garlic right out of the ground as I dug it up with the small shovel making sure not to damage the bulb.
Garlic bulbs need to dry for about 4 hours before bringing them in to cure... It wil toughen up their skin a bit before you bring them in to dry.
Curing with entire stem with scape on it makes for longer storage life for your garlic... however, you will get smaller bulbs. If you cut the scapes off when they loop once or twice depending on their variety... you will have bigger bulbs but your storage life will be less.
Garlic after cleaning process. You want to take off just the first wrapper or 2 depending on the type of garlic. Some garlic have only a few layers of wrappers while others have an extra few layers depending on type. You want to take off the wrapper that has dirt and debris on it. You should cut...
Huge bag of "Music" Porcelain Garlic. The mesh bag gives it great air-circulation for your garlic to keep longer. Always store your garlic at room temperature. Refridgerators or cold rooms will encourage the garlic to sprout.
"Corms", the seed from the Elephant Garlic that grows attached to bulb much like the garlic bulbils. However, you want to save and plant the actual cloves of the Elephant garlic like the regular bulbs. The corms like the bulbils of garlic will take a few years to mature to an actual bulb.
Porcelain Garlic (Bulbil), Takes a few years for Bulbils to make a garlic bulb. This one is from the "Music" Porcelain Garlic.
We grow 16 kinds of Organic Gourmet Garlic here on our little farm. Below are pictures of their growing stages, what we do to process them for storage.
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