I finally harvested our crop of garlic that I planted back in April 2014. You can read about where and what variety I planted in this post titled “Planting time for Brassica and Allium“.
It seems very late in the season to be harvesting garlic, but I checked back to previous years, and the timing is about right. Mid November here in Melton with our climate.
So how did it all go?
Well, it was the biggest and best harvest ever! The raised garden beds in the front yard are producing the biggest and best produce on our Suburban Food Farm. It must be all the sunlight that area gets.
You can see that they have a bit of dirt on them, but that is intentional. When you pull a bulb out of the ground, just dust off the loose soil and allow the bulb to dry. You do not need to wash them.
So much garlic, and each clove that I planted survived through the year and produced the most wonderful bulbs. I also found a disused dog bed that I gave a scrub with warm soapy water that is the perfect place to dry off the garlic once it is picked.
I keep it under cover until the tops fully dry, wipe off the layer of skin that has the soil on it, and then I twist off the bulb and store in a wicker basket in the back of the pantry. If you are wondering how we store it, check out this post titled “How to store garlic“.
As you can see, this Australian Purple Garlic is amazing. It produces a decent sized bulb, which is about the size of the palm of my hand. It also smells amazingly earthy.
There is nothing quite like cooking with fresh garlic. It is fat, juicy, peels quickly, and crushes easily with the blade of a large knife.
And the flavour? Well, simply put, it is sensational. It brings whatever meal you add it to alive with garlicky goodness.
Who else grew garlic this year? What was the result, and were you pleased with the flavour?