Before last year I never realized there was so much difference between grocery store garlic and the fresh local grown stuff.
I forget the name of this but I remember the farmer saying it was some of the "hot" garlic.
It was much spicier and delicious. At first I was hesitant about paying over $10 a pound for garlic. But "Oh Baby, this is some good stuff". I am fortunate that like myself, my wife loves garlic with almost anything I cook.
These are some bulbs I got from a farm about a mile down the road from work.
Next week at the farmers market I am getting more from a local organic farmer who grows several different varieties.
fresh garlic is good, but not if you're paying $10 a pound, that's absurd.
Not if it is excellent garlic. I have seen people pay more. But then again some areas it grows better than others. Kinda like vidalia onions. Right chemistry of the soil will create a better flavor.
That was my thought last year.
Originally Posted by panda
But I decided to buy one bulb to try it out.
I used less than normal and tasted a lot better than any I had previously tasted.
The one bulb was about $2 and lasted a couple weeks.
So I figured it wasn't such a bad price afterall.
I am going to plant a few varieties myself this fall.
Turns out that Oregon climate is good for growing garlic.
I am fan of Garlic :D And there are huge difference where you get it from and so many different tastes.
I will gladly pay $10
Most of the garlic you get in DK is from china :(
There are garlic festivals here in the northeast. Access to a bunch of different varieties every year. Pretty reasonable . The local growers at the farmers market are quite good. We alo grow our own.
There are garlic festivals around here, but I don't think I've ever cooked with really fresh garlic. I'll have to hit up a farmer's market and find some.
anything grown closer to home is fresher, more tasty, usually more nutritionally dense since they don't have time to dry up and practically die a slow death while being transported hundreds of miles away.
and if they're organic, better for you as well!
i make it a point to buy as close to the source as possible.
The difference in texture can be pretty amazing, too. Crisp and juicy--almost like an apple.
the craziest thing for me to wrap my mind about Chinese Garlic is the price. at the asian market, i can get that panty hose wrapped "tube" of garlic CHEAP!!!
Originally Posted by maxim
i am lucky to live right near Gilroy, IMHO, the garlic capital of the world. (gotta vouch for the local guys :D)
how can the chinese garlic be so cheap? they blow away the stuff down the street. crazy stuff from the other side of the planet can even be competitive, with stuff i can drive and get off of the farm.
nuts. i love garlic.