What is your favourite garlic?

Sarah_Bella(z5)August 18, 2005

What is your favourite garlic? and why?

I had read here that once youve tasted non supermarket garlic you will never go back. I thought "bah, garlic is garlic"

WOH HOH i was soooooo wrong and someone should slap me!!!

I was at the local garlic festival on the weekend and picked me up 3 heads of music, 3 spanish roja, and 1 lone red russian. Let me say, these are really cute garlics, and hard! But the flavour blew me away!!

In recipes where i added 5 or 6 large cloves of supermarket garlic in the past, i found i only needed 2 mid sized music cloves.

My favourite has to be music so far. It packs quite a punch!!

My only regret is having not bought a braid of each but at $15-20 per braid of 8- 10 smallish heads i couldnt justify it. now im kicking myself cuz i want to eat the garlic i bought, but i also want to save the garlic to plant in the fall.

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UncleJohn(z4 NH)

That is like asking me which is my favorite child! I grew 10 varieties this past year, and the biggest and prettiest was my German Extra Hardy. That is the one that I would enter in the local fair and walk away with first prize, except that I need all my bulbs to reinvest towards next year, and couldn't do that with bulbs that had sat in a 90° room for four days. The remaining big kids on the block, in order of declining size, are: Chesnock Red, Purple Glazer, Spanish Roja, a local Rocambole, and Music. They all taste wonderful in their own rights, but the German Extra Hardy is the clear winner for aesthetics this year.

    Bookmark   August 18, 2005 at 6:54PM
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My favorite is the un-named Rocambole which I got at the farmer's market for $1 over 10 years ago. The farmer did not know the variety name. But this is the most reliable and produces large heads (almost as large as Musik and sometimes larger), has large purple-red topsets that can be used for cooking before the head is ready.

German Extra-Hardy is OK here, but size did not match the "Old Rocambole"

I went recently to visit relatives in Lithuania. On the street corner was an old lady selling a few items from her garden. I coveted one of the heads of garlic. It was large, brilliant red and white striped, appeared to be a double layer of cloves, and was probably as cheap as dirt! I did not buy it, though she saw me admire it. :-) I knew I couldn't bring it back to the US for planting :-(

Maryanne in WMass

    Bookmark   August 19, 2005 at 12:22PM
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garliclady(z7 NC)

I am asked this question every week when I am selling my garlic at the farmers market. I always say it depends how I am using it.
Morado gigante is wonderful raw, Music is great baked and easy to peel, I really like spanish roja for its spicy taste. Shantung for its STRONG taste and persian star for sauces that are cooked alot. Elephant makes the best garlic powder. Kettle river makes the prettiest braids and Lorz is my longest keeper.
Sorry I can't narrow it down to one but what do you expect of someone who wears REAL garlic earrings!
The garlic Lady

    Bookmark   August 19, 2005 at 3:31PM
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kristenmarie(Z4-5/New Mexico)

I'd toss in my vote for Chesnok Red and also Locati.

    Bookmark   August 20, 2005 at 11:16PM
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gardenlad(6b KY)

I'm with Garlic Lady. There's no way I could narrow it down to just one.

For the best all-around garlic, though, I'd cast my vote for Shvelisi (Chesnook Red). It sort of defines garlic. Music would be a close runner-up.

I like the flavor of Samarkand Purple (Persian Star), but couldn't get it to size up the way it's supposed to.

For sentimental reasons, Gravel Switch is my favorite hot garlic.

And I'm developing a real fondness for Xian.

Lorz Italian is a good keeper, but for me, Italian Late keeps even better. In fact, I'm just using up those I harvested a year ago.

    Bookmark   August 22, 2005 at 1:50PM
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garliclady(z7 NC)

Chesnok just gets smaller for me and this year alot of it will end up as garlic powder or as earrings and necklaces for the garlic festival . We will probabaly discontinue chesnok because of its size.

    Bookmark   August 22, 2005 at 4:43PM
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UncleJohn(z4 NH)

Bummer to think that my Chesnocks might get smaller in subsequent years. Perhaps my colder clime will help avoid that phenomenon (winter suffering should be good for something).

    Bookmark   August 23, 2005 at 11:15AM
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garliclady(z7 NC)

I do think it is the southern clmate that keeps it from doing as good. Some hardnecks do ok here others don't

    Bookmark   August 23, 2005 at 4:50PM
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UncleJohn(z4 NH)

On the other hand, I had a perfect record with the only softnecks I have grown: out of 18 Mexican Red Silvers I sowed last fall, only four came up in the spring (several had tried to during indian summer), and even those were dead by mid-May).

    Bookmark   August 23, 2005 at 9:01PM
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garliclady(z7 NC)

Silverskins don't like it here either. Try an artichoke type they are easier to grow. Try something like NY White/polish white and you might get better results. I did a search for new york white and found farms in michigan and minnisota & New York that grow it. So you you want to try softnecks again i would try this variety.

    Bookmark   August 24, 2005 at 7:42AM
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UncleJohn(z4 NH)

I have already placed my orders for this season (of course), and they are exclusively hardneck. But, I am going to my local garlic festival (for the first time) in 10 days, and perhaps I can find a suitable softneck there.

    Bookmark   August 24, 2005 at 9:42AM
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