In our case, a few years of neglect—and leaving the plants to overwinter—is paying off with these fat, mellow bulbs.
Peel away the loose dirt and the purply membrane is revealed. When fresh, the layers of skin are soft and pliable—not papery like they are when stored.
The cloves are mellow and almost sweet.
We’ve had our first cool days after a heatwave and already I can imagine a September evening, sitting in the garden braiding garlic to hang in the winter kitchen.
But for now, it’s all mellow sweetness. No need to rush to September just yet.