Garlic Bulb Types

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ChrisMcLaughlin Chris McLaughlin, contributor
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Theres nothing like harvesting youre own home-grown garlic.
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There's nothing like harvesting you're own home-grown garlic.


Photo by Michele Meiklejohn under the Creative Commons Attribution License 2.0.

I've just knocked down the garlic (Allium sativum) in my Northern California garden. The leaves were over 60% brown and it's time for them to cure for a few weeks before I store them. I planted all heirloom garlic varieties this year. I'm smitten with their differences and can't wait to use them in the kitchen.

I planted both softneck and hardneck garlic bulbs. The softnecks are the type you'll generally find in the produce aisle of the grocery store. They're best planted in zones where the winters are mild as they aren't particularly cold-hardy. Softneck garlic has a spicier flavor than the hardneck types. Their leaves are especially nice if you like to braid your bulbs for storing.

The hardneck garlic varieties grow well in cold climates. This type of garlic has a central stem that's firm and stiff and the garlic cloves grow as a single ring around that stem. Hardnecks have a scape that grows and curls into a coil at the top of the stalk as it matures. The scapes are delicious.

The last type of garlic is Elephant garlic; and isn't really a garlic at all. It's botanical name is Allium ampeloprasum and it's closer to a leek than a garlic botanically speaking. While it may not be the real McCoy, it does offer the same flavor as its authentic cousins and is used the same way in the kitchen. Elephant garlic produces 4-6 large cloves that are milder in flavor than true garlic.

Extra Tip: If you find yourself face-to-face with a vampire (and you don't want to be), all garlic works equally well in this situation.

Making the most of garlic Get more info on garlic:

Video: How to Plant and Grow Garlic
Garlic as an Herbal Medicine
Making the Most of Garlic 
Using Baby Garlic (Green Garlic) 
• Garlic Scapes 
• Celebrate National Garlic Month
• Cheap and Easy Winter Greens
• Plant Garlic as a Fall Crop

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Comments (12)

pattimay54 writes: Awesome
Posted: 2:45 am on November 9th
learmsit writes: I like it
Posted: 5:08 am on November 5th
martinblair54 writes: Impressive
Posted: 4:59 am on November 4th
hankrooster writes: Like this shape.
Posted: 4:48 am on October 24th
billybaker54 writes: Good Job
Posted: 1:00 am on October 24th
karlhardy55 writes: Brilliant
Posted: 5:52 am on July 28th
juantate01 writes: Very beautiful.
Posted: 11:47 pm on June 16th
dexterharris writes: its very useful.
Posted: 12:20 am on March 10th
jesushale writes: very good for health.
Posted: 5:56 am on March 3rd
ChristoperCoper writes: very inspiring!

Posted: 3:41 am on February 18th
OrlandoWilliam writes: I like garlic
Posted: 12:27 am on February 13th
AlanWilkins writes: i hate garlic :/
Posted: 1:48 am on May 29th
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