- We grow several varieties of garlic, including some hardneck and some softneck varieties. The hardneck varieties produce scapes in the late spring which are also tasty. We may also give out green garlic or fresh garlic in the early summer. You can use these just like cured garlic.
In the early season we may give you fresh uncured garlic. Uncured garlic is best stored in a plastic bag in the fridge. Use it up quickly as condensation may accumulate in the bag and cause it to mold.
Storing cured garlic uncovered, such as in a wire-mesh basket inside your cupboard or beneath a small overturned clay pot, is ideal.
You can also store garlic in a paper bag, egg carton, or mesh bag. Just be sure there is plenty of dry air and little light to inhibit sprouting. To avoid mold, do not refrigerate or store cured garlic in plastic bags.
Garlic bulbs are one of the richest sources of potassium, iron, calcium, magnesium, manganese, zinc, and selenium.
- Garlic is believed to ward off heart disease, cancer, colds, and flu. The consumption of garlic lowers blood cholesterol levels, and reduces the buildup of plaque in the arteries.
- Garlic is said to fight off evil spirits and keep vampires away.
- If your garlic has sprouted, it is still usable although it has lost some of its flavor and health benefits.
- The smell of garlic can be removed by running your hands under cold water while rubbing a stainless steel object.