We’ve been searching for a new source for garlic ever since we lost our main source in the Rogue Valley. Well, we’ve finally connected with “Gardens of the Northwest”, a new farm owned and operated by Colleen Ellis, and located near Arizona Beach (about half-way between Gold Beach and Port Orford). Colleen is not certified, but nevertheless uses organic practices on her farm.
Colleen grew four garlic varieties this season, including this one, Blanak (new to us). This spicy, vigorous, cold-hardy garlic from Bulgaria produces elegant, pearly white bulbs with chunky cloves. Blanak’s cloves are covered with a shiny purple-taupe colored skin that is easily peeled. The flavor is fiery and lasting; great for roasting, salsa making and adding zing to pickles.
Hard-neck garlic keeps for about 3-4 months (unlike store-bought, which is usually “California White” – a soft-neck variety which keeps for 6 months or more), so plan on using this garlic up by the end of the year.