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These pungent little bulbs come in all sorts of tasty options you won’t find in most stores.
CHOOSE THE RIGHT VARIETY
Different strains and varieties grow better in different climates. Hardneck Rocamboles, Purple Stripes, and Porcelains prefer cold winters; Turbans, Asiatics, and Creoles like warm climates. Softneck Artichokes and Silverskins are the easiest to grow and do well in hot or cold conditions.
PLANT IN FALL
Depending on your climate, plant garlic in the spring or fall. Jordan plants during a full moon in October. “There’s something magical about planting cloves by moonlight.”
You don’t need a dedicated vegetable garden. Plant in sunny existing beds and borders, and cover soil with mulch.
CUT OFF SCAPES
Snip off scapes (on hardnecks) in the spring when the curly stems begin to straighten out. This sends more energy (and flavor) to the bulbs. You can skip snipping if you want a milder flavor.
HARVEST & STORE
Dig up bulbs when the top half of the leaves are brown. The foliage can be left on or trimmed off. If you don’t use right away, store in a cool, dark spot. For green garlic, harvest in the spring at any stage once the leaves are lush and full. BHG.com/ PlantYourPlate.
These bulbs have a delicate garlic taste and are more closely related to leeks than garlic in the allium family.
WHAT’S THE BEST WAY TO REMOVE GARLIC SMELL? WHY WOULD YOU?
JORDAN CLASEN (Editor’s note: Fresh lemon does the trick.)