5 Lessons Learned at a Garlic Festival
1. You can put garlic in anything.
Oh sure, we all know the most common foods, and this sign was just the beginning.
It went on from there to sauces, garlic-hot pepper jelly, oils and in case that wasn’t enough… garlic ice cream.
Yep, you read that right, and it was surprisingly not as bad as we expected.
2. That German White and Purple Stripe are two of the best varieties for colder climates.
Every farm stand that was selling garlic had at least these 2 selections. Both are hardneck and cold hardy, something we need here in the northeast and even up into Canada.
The Purple Stripe is also considered to be the ‘Grand-daddy of all garlic” in that it is thought to be the oldest type still around. Kind of neat, right?
3. You can freeze garlic.
And perhaps you should. Frozen garlic will hold its flavor better than refrigerated bulbs.
We never really thought about it before, but it does make sense. It certainly is easy enough to try.
4. That a garlic bed should be fertilized twice.
At planting time, here in zone 5/6 that is mid-October, and again when the ground thaws in the spring, add bone meal, blood meal and a fertilizer that is about 10-20-20. Of course that depends on your soil, but generally a good plan of action.
This summer we saw how well bone meal worked for our onions, so knew it would likewise be good for the garlic.
5. That some people will try anything.
Garlic is good for you, vinegar is good for you. Why not combine them, right?
Mandolin was just one of a number of people, men mostly, that tried the garlic vinegar. Perhaps it was the sign ‘More potent than Viagra’ that got their attention.
We’ll leave it at that. ;-D