What are the Health Benefits of garlic?
Garlic has long been known not only for the unique flavor, but also the many health benefits. Many people eat garlic daily to help with blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart issues, hardening of the arteries, etc. It is consumed to boost one’s immune system, enhance circulation, among other health benefits due to the allicin that is contained in garlic. Some even believe that there are surprising additional benefits such as treating hair loss, clears acne, prevents/treats colds, soothes psoriasis, controls weight, remove a splinter, treats athlete’s foot, keeps mosquitoes at bay, conquers cold sores, de-ice your sidewalk and even catch more fish. Whatever you believe or research on your own, hands down, garlic is good for you!
What’s the difference between Hardneck & Softneck garlic?
Within the hardneck group, there are subgroups. For us, we have: Porcelain Group is our Music and Parvin; Marbled Purple Stripe is our Siberian; Rocambole Group is our German Red; and the Purple Stripe Group is our Chesnok Red. Appearance: has long flowering stem that grows out the center of the bulb called a scape. This stalk produces a bulbil pod at the end. These are edible, and many will chop these scapes up to make a delicious garlic pesto. Hardnecks performs better in more severe winters, like Ohio. Cooler weather is actually ideal for growing. And they tend to have a more complex flavor, are richer and spicier in taste; more of a “garlicky” taste. In addition, they are easier to peel.
For us, our softneck garlic is the Early Red Italian. Appearance: rarely produces a scape with bulbil. Performs better in regions with milder winter months. Softnecks have more of a milder taste, and they can be more difficult to peel the cloves.
Store fresh garlic in a cool, dry, low-moisture place to maintain its flavor and health benefits and to prevent sprouting. Keep at room temperature with good air circulation; 60-65 degrees and moderate humidity is best. Store uncovered in a wire mesh basket, loosely woven basket, mesh bag (like an onion bag), or even a paper bag or egg carton. Do not store in a plastic bag – this promotes molding. Unbroken bulbs should last several months; leftover peeled cloves will keep in the fridge in a small, tightly covered container for short term storage. You can freeze garlic, although some think it isn’t as good as fresh!
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We offer local pick up for those customers who wish to do so. For our customers living further away, we offer competitive shipping prices. We try to find the lowest shipping price for you. Note that the garlic bulbs will be in a plastic bag inside a box to ensure their quality and dry state, however we highly recommend that you remove the bulbs from the plastic bags upon receiving and store in a cool, moisture free environment to preserve their shelf life. See our Storage Tips for further details. We do not ship internationally or to Alaska or Hawaii.
Our products are handled with care in the many steps of raising organically grown garlic. We are very proud of our products and hope you will be too. As we witness every day, there are unforeseen things that happen in nature. And since our products are naturally grown, there are no preservatives added to our products that would enhance shelf life….just pure, natural, amazing taste as nature prefers. If for some reason you are unhappy with your purchase, please contact us as we want you to have a great experience with us. We ask that you return the product within 7 days, and we will be happy to refund your money minus the shipping and handling cost.