Look for garlic sold loose, so you can choose a healthy, solid bulb. Garlic bulbs should be plump and compact with taut, unbroken skin. Avoid those with damp or soft spots. A heavy, firm bulb indicates that the garlic will be fresh and flavorful.
Also, where do I find cloves of garlic in the grocery store?
Generally garlic is found in two places in a grocery store: the spice section and the produce section. The spice section has garlic powder, etc. Fresh garlic (and sometimes prepeeled garlic in oil) can be found in the produce section.
Can you grow garlic from a bulb?
The bottom of the clove will put down the roots, and the pointy top will sprout the leaves. Plant the cloves about six inches apart. If your beds are three feet wide, you can usually fit four rows. After the garlic is in the ground, use a paddle hoe to cover the garlic and level the trenches.
Garlic contains anthocyanins, water-soluble pigments that can turn blue or purple under acidic conditions. This is a condition that is more prominent with immature garlic but can differ among cloves within a single head of garlic. If the clove is solid it is good to go, if it is soft, it is starting to go bad.
If you have purchased whole bulbs or peeled cloves watch out for green sprouts coming out of the top. It is not dangerous to eat, but it will cause a bitter flavor. The sprout is the creation of a new clove, so you can split the clove and remove the sprout to still use the garlic clove.
Purple garlic is just one of them, but it is notable. Hardneck garlic is what people refer to as purple garlic. This type of garlic has several even-sized cloves and thick covered by stiff and thick 'neck' with purple stripes. The purple coloration is a result of the large presence of organic pigment "anthocyanidin".
Editor: KT, we use our garlic unless it gets brown, mushy, or rotten in appearance or smell. Having said that, old garlic does get sharper and spicier, and sometimes it will begin to sprout. (A green sprout will grow out through the tips of the cloves.)
The most obvious difference between hardneck (above) and softneck (below) garlic is their appearance. Hardnecks are so-called because of the long flowering stem growing through the center of the bulb. Called a scape, this stalk produces an umbel, a terminal pod within which bulbils are produced.
Creole Garlic is a small subgroup of the Silverskin group of garlic. Silverskin, in turn, is a sub-group of softneck garlics. The group includes garlic varieties such as Creole Red, Ajo Rojo and Burgundy. These garlics are beautiful in appearance, with a mild but full taste.
You do not have to choose a cultivar when deciding to grow elephant garlic, as there is only one variety. Similar to true garlic, there are two sub-species of elephant garlic, hardneck and softneck varieties. However, both of these varieties belong to the same cultivar, as there is no difference in the bulb produced.
The stalk is thicker than the leaves, and is called the garlic scape. Since the bulb is what we eat, we recommend cutting the scape. Plus, scapes are delicious and can be used just like garlic, but they are ready a month or two before the garlic bulb.
Like tulip and daffodil bulbs, garlic cloves should be planted with the pointed end up. Plant them three to four inches deep and six inches apart. That's it: your garlic harvest is assured.
Planting and Climate. When grown under the right conditions, garlic typically takes nine months to mature. Garlic grows best when it receives at least six hours of full sun daily. Plant garlic in the fall three to eight weeks before the first autumn freeze.
Hang the strings out of direct light where it is warm with good air circulation - a temperature of 27°C (80°F) is ideal and two weeks drying time is ideal. This way the bulbs dry evenly and without spoilage. You want the wrappers to dry and the garlic to retain its moisture and oils.
Place garlic bulbs or cloves (peeled or unpeeled) in a freezer bag or container and freeze; remove cloves as needed. 3. Peel the cloves, purée them with oil in a blender or food processor using 2 parts oil to 1 part garlic, and pack the mixture into an airtight container.
One of the most common “folk” remedies is eating raw garlic to ward of everything from infections to the common cold. With few side effects (besides making you smell like garlic!), it is a safe way to build your immune system that I've used often. They are just tasty ways to take a more medicinal amount of garlic.
Garlic has been tried for treating an enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia; BPH), cystic fibrosis, diabetes, osteoarthritis, hayfever (allergic rhinitis), traveler's diarrhea, high blood pressure late in pregnancy (pre-eclampsia), yeast infection, flu, and swine flu.
Garlic has long been thought to have antimicrobial properties. One 2011 study found that garlic concentrate is effective against bacteria. You can purchase garlic concentrate or extract at your local health food store. If you're taking blood-thinning medication, consult your doctor before using garlic as an antibiotic.
If a high dose of garlic, a cut-open garlic clove, is inserted in a healthy vagina, it will often “burn” the healthy skin. When the woman is suffering from an advanced yeast infection, the skin is already red and “burned” and the garlic cures the infection by killing the yeast. Then the skin repairs itself.
Using Garlic As An Antifungal. Numerous research studies have shown garlic to be an effective treatment for yeast and fungal infections, especially Candida overgrowth. Not only that, garlic is a proven immune-booster and active detoxifier. It can reduce cholesterol and help to control your blood sugar levels.
A 2009 review found that garlic has some antifungal and antimicrobial capabilities. You may treat toenail fungus with garlic by placing chopped or crushed garlic cloves on the affected area for 30 minutes daily. It may be better, and less smelly, to treat it from the inside out with garlic capsules.