So, you decided to jump into the world of garlic (in terms of business or growing), but then, you realized that garlic is of many kinds, and you don’t know them.
As a newbie, it’s important to understand all types of garlic and their needs so that you can make a decision about whether a specific type is for you or not.
That’s why we are here with all types of garlic from around the world. So, here we go:
Two Classifications of Garlic
Before jumping into types of garlic from around the world, you must know that all types of garlic belong to only two classes:
- Soft-neck Garlic
- Hard-neck Garlic
The garlic you are most likely to find in supermarkets is the soft-neck one. It’s the one with no stem!
It’s more common in supermarkets because it’s easier to grow soft-neck garlic as it doesn’t require much exposure to cold.
Hard-neck feels way more woody and hard when compared with soft-neck garlic. The taste of garlic doesn’t depend on a hard or soft neck. But with hard-neck garlic, you’ll get garlic scapes. Hard-neck garlic is a bit more expensive than softer ones because it is easier to peel due to its hard skin.
Types of Garlic Based on Their Nature
1. Spring Garlic
Just like spring onions, you can also find spring garlic in the supermarket. Many chefs say that it adds more flavor to those recipes that require garlic to be less cooked.
Changing the way of growing (planting and harvesting garlic) converts it into spring garlic. For example, farmers purposely harvest garlic in the mid-summer to get spring garlic.
2. Garlic Scapes
The stem part of garlic is referred to as garlic scape when it is not fully grown. If you purposely harvest garlic at a certain time (before the right time), you’ll get garlic scapes just like spring garlic.
3. Black Garlic
Probably the weirdest yet most interesting type of garlic is black garlic. It’s just another gift of nature for us! The skin of black garlic is much like regular garlic (just a bit harder), but when you peel it, you’ll find black cloves of garlic. It has a bit different taste, but expert chefs say that it’s tasty and you should first try it with pizza.
4. Solo Garlic
It is also known as pearl garlic because once you peel it, you’ll find only one big clove of garlic placed in there. It looks majestic and is extremely rare. It originated from warm regions of the Chinese province of Yunnan, and it’s quite difficult to find that kind of weather somewhere else.
Types of Garlic that aren’t Actually Garlic……….
Yes, there are two types of garlic that are used like garlic, but scientifically, they don’t belong to the family of garlic. It’s complicated because people (especially farmers) say that they are garlic, but science says otherwise. Anyways, here are they:
1. Elephant Garlic
Elephant garlic looks quite similar to the Solo garlic we talked about earlier. Even many people thought that Solo garlic just has a different appearance from elephant garlic, but science proved it wrong as they both belong to different families of plants.
2. Wild Garlic
As evident from the name, wild garlic grows itself in the woods without special treatment. Farmers say that it’s the same thing as garlic but for animals. But we think you shouldn’t take it seriously because you won’t like the taste.
Types of Garlic Based on Their Origins
Chinese (White and Purple)
Chinese garlic is usually famous for its cheap rates. But you might not know that Chinese purple garlic is something else. White garlic is quite similar to American white garlic, but purple one has a special taste that only the field of China can give.
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This Italian garlic can even be grown in your garden easily. The only special requirement of this garlic is that it’s grown with full sun exposure.
This reddish soft-neck garlic is suitable to be grown in North America, but you have to be in a warmer area. It’s mostly the one you find in supermarkets.
Not just Spanish but Greek people also love this garlic. It usually seems like normal white garlic, but once you peel it, it reveals reddish garlic cloves.
Other famous types of garlic (based on their origin) are Korean Red, German White, and Giant Russian Garlic. If you have weather like Korea, Germany, or Russia, you can grow them respectively.
Now, you know about every single type of garlic that you need it might need in the future. I am also happy to answer any questions you have about garlic mesh bags. Garlic mesh bags are a great way to store garlic, and I can provide you with more information about their benefits and how to use them.
Thank you for your interest in garlic!