What's the Difference Between Softneck Garlic & Hardneck Garlic?
How to grow garlicThe nuts and bolts of growing and harvesting garlic are right here for you, in our How to Grow Garlic video and our downloadable Garlic Growing Guide. The question is, which varieties of garlic seed do you want to plant? Softneck or hardneck or both?
Garlic has a neck?By the time you see garlic in the store it has been trimmed, but there is still a papery tuft that stands above the bulb. That's the covering of the "neck" of the garlic. Garlic also comes with different colored skins around the cloves. The cloves themselves are always a creamy white.
California Early White has no hot bite in its flavor, grows rapidly and is ready to harvest early. If making garlic braids is your top priority, plant California Late White. You'll get a stronger flavor with this garlic, and it does better in warm climates than the Early variety.
Spanish Roja's flavor in particular is rich and classic -- it does have a shorter shelf life, of 3-4 months, so go ahead and enjoy this best seller early. Our website has information on all of the garlic varieties that we sell.
What about Elephant Garlic?This big guy is technically in the leek family, but you'd never know by the look or the taste. Kids love harvesting this giant of the garlic patch, and it keeps well too, with a mild flavor.
Storing garlicGarlic keeps best at 60-65°F with moderate humidity. Store it in a dry location, a paper bag or mesh tubing works great. If you need help keeping tabs on the temperature and humidity in your storage area, try our Digital Indoor/Outdoor Thermometer.
Our garlic combo packStill can't decide? That's why we created our Garlic Combo Pack, to let you try a little of this and a little of that -- at a bargain price! It's a gastronomical delight featuring organic California Early White softnecks, organic Russian Red and organic Purple Italian hardnecks, a conventional Elephant garlic, and even some organic French Red Shallots for delicate flavors.
Our favorite garlic book
It's hard to keep Growing Great Garlic on the shelves here. Ron Engeland's popular book is the ultimate guide for the organic garlic grower; in addition to practical advice, you'll learn more about garlic in the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. For more information on garlic watch our videos on Growing Garlic and Garden Planning & Crop Rotation. Get the scoop on Music, the most popular of our hardneck garlics. Learn how to grow garlic and its allium cousins with our article on What to Plant in Your Winter Garden.
Welcome to the world of seed garlic! Plant some garlic this year, keep track of what you like, and experiment with new varieties in the years ahead. Once you start growing garlic at home you'll be spoiled by having your own cured garlic to cook with, in such a range of flavors.