Question: It is garlic season and I wonder if there is more than one type I should be buying?
Answer: Indeed there is a plethora of garlic varieties. More than you can imagine. Complicated. Different ones are available depending on where you live, the climate where they grow, and what is imported into your marketplace. Smart to know at least the two basics of choice Hardneck (long flowering stem or “scape”) and Softneck (not flowering with softer stalk & leaves). New impressive detailed reference article here from garlicstore.com/garlic-varieties to check out. The famous three-day Gilroy Garlic Festival in California started in 1979 but stopped in 2020 because of the Covid-19 pandemic and now is canceled. Other smaller ones still exist including on August 20 the Richmond (a suburb of Vancouver BC) Garlic Festival by The Sharing Farm Society with a press release here. Interesting to note the 4 distinct varieties they have grown on-site and will have available: Red Russian, Music, Italian Softneck, and Chesnok Red. Do you have a Garlic Festival in your region?
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