Garlic Storage Results

It’s the end of March and I thought I’d check and see how my garlic fared over the winter.  I keep the bulbs in a vegetable storage drawer in a cabinet under the kitchen counter which is on an outside wall.  The space is dark, not too well ventilated and the temperature this morning in the drawer was 60ºF.  I don’t split off the cloves until I need them.  Last July I harvested four varieties, two that were noted for good winter storage (Unadilla Double Coil and Russian Blend ) and two others where that trait wasn’t mentioned (Music and Nirvana Weird ).  I grow only Rocambole (stiff neck or hard stem) types now, as I’ve decided that the soft neck German types do not do well under my garden conditions.

Past experience has taught me that Music starts to deteriorate early so all that has already been used.  Of the remaining types, all three still had many plump, firm cloves although all three varieties also showed some signs of sprouting.  If you find a clove of yours has sprouted, I recommend slitting the clove down the back and easing out the sprout as I find the sprout to be bitter, whereas the rest of the clove is still flavorful.  Here are my results below:

I love this one because it has double coiled scapes and I get lots of garlic scape pesto from it, but some deterioration is evident.  I'll use this variety next.

I love this one because it has double coiled scapes and I get lots of garlic scape pesto from it, but some deterioration is evident. I’ll use this variety next.

The cloves are still plump on this one but it does have significant sprouting.  I can cut out the sprouts and use it, so it will be fine for a while longer but I'll use this after the Double Coil is finished.

The cloves are still plump on this one but it does have significant sprouting. I can cut out the sprouts and use it, so it will be fine for a while longer but I’ll use this after the Double Coil is finished.

This is the best one.  The large cloves are still plump and firm and the sprouting is minimal.  Next fall I'll plant more of this.

This is the best one. The large cloves are still plump and firm and the sprouting is minimal. Next fall I’ll plant more of this.

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