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July 12, 2007

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cricketann

What criteria will you use to test your garlic? Will you test it raw and/or cooked? In particular recipes?

Manerva

I just pulled my garlic and the german seemed to do pretty well, but the music was a bit small. I just ordered a ton more for this fall- seed savers too, but I'm trying the mix this time. We'll see what happens next year I guess..

Kim

I just harvested mine, too--I did the same as you, planted 4 different kinds to see which ones did the best in my yard. Funny the difference a zone or two makes... the Siberian that I planted did the worst!

Tracy

Cricket: I'm not sure yet. I'll wait about 2 weeks for the garlic to cure, then we'll see. I'll probably roast some and use it on bread, then sliver up a bit and taste in as-is. We'll see.

Manerva: All of mine seemed small, regardless of variety. I'm not sure if that's because it the temperatures got really hot really fast this year. Or perhaps it's because it's the first year in my garden. Perhaps as I continue planting cloves that I grew myself, they will adapt and get bigger? Or maybe that's wishful thinking.

Kim: Interesting - Manerva had problems with Music, you with Siberia, me with German. Perhaps garlic is very garden specific? I'll be looking forward to seeing which variety you liked the best!

Anthony

Planting a bunch of different varieties and then having a taste off is a great idea. I think I'm going to try this next year. Maybe even invite some friends over for a Garlic Party!

My father grows a lot of garlic and has been giving me some to plant but I keep eating it instead. :)

Christa

Congrats on your garlic harvest. I'll be curious to hear about which ones you like best in your taste test. I have grown the German and Siberian varieties with great success here in DC. I'd like to try some other kinds too. Seed Savers has so many great choices!

Christa

Congrats on your garlic harvest. I'll be curious to hear about which ones you like best in your taste test. I have grown the German and Siberian varieties with great success here in DC. I'd like to try some other kinds too. Seed Savers has so many great choices!

Tracy

Anthony - I know what you mean, it's hard to keep my hands off it! I've used the homegrown stuff twice, now, but I need to start having some restraint so I'll have something to plant this fall!

Christa: I've already had the German, which has a nice, spicy taste. I can't wait to try the others.

Greengirl

Man, I wish I knew the names of my garlic. They we're a coworker's hand-me-downs. Some were deep purple, some white as porcelain.

I cannot wait to order more and plant it in the fall...

BTW: Fresh garlic makes the tastiest guacamole. I also grilled a clove and served with cumin encrusted flank steak... It was unforgettable.

Tracy

Jaime: It sounds like you're going to order your own, so at least next year you'll know what it is. I've only used the homegrown garlic once - in a Greek-ish cucumber salad - and it was divine. I was somewhat surprised, but very pleased, that I could tell the difference. I'm trying to hold off on using more, though, because I know I'll need to save a bunch of heads for planting this fall.

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