Photo by Cornell University
In Praise of Garlic
It's Garlic Week on Your Garden Show!
Of the vegetables in the annual yearbook of the Seed Savers Exchange, only a few have so many listings that they take up more than ten pages (in closely spaced type). Care to guess the leader? Counting all kinds (dry, snap, wax, bush, and pole) beans cover forty-six pages. Next? Not corn (6 pages), not squash (8 pages). No, number two is garlic, with eleven pages.
From 'Achalkachati' to 'Zemo,' the total is around 140 varieties of garlic from all over the world. Here's a sample: Asian Tempest, Russian Red, Samarkand, Croatian Rocambole, Shun Tung Purple, Sicilian Silver, Yugoslavian. The list goes on. By the way, both ‘Achalkachati’ and ‘Zemo’ are from the Republic of Georgia.
It seems a taste for garlic is universal. Sorting out the abundance of size, appearance, growth, and taste is a mania for collectors. For the rest of us, there’s almost no such thing as a disappointing variety of garlic. So why not experiment? Why not try a variety you don’t know? That’s one reason to join the Seed Savers Exchange.
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