Russian Red Garlic
18th October 2010, in FIND IT, Tri-Cities, Vegetables (6 Comments)
Is there anything you can’t get on Craigslist? I read that the BC government listed the Albion ferries (no takers). And today I found garlic posted there.
So, what is going on that we have to get good garlic from Craigslist, because it sure isn’t easy to find in the produce section. You have to be looking for it.
Most of the garlic commercially available to us comes from China and California. It’s cheap. Russian Red, the variety offered on Craigslist from Natureway Farm Market in Coquitlam, ranges in price from $7.95 to $9.95 lb. Chinese garlic is half that, if not less.
I can’t imagine that it’s a very lucrative business being a Chinese garlic farmer. But I have a dated image of a family out hoeing the field when quite the opposite is true.
The garlic grown in California and China, which is not red but the silverskin variety, can be mechanically planted – little garlics plopped by machine into the dirt. Russian Red, which is one of many kinds grown in BC, must be hand planted, stem up. We’re the ones bending our backs. And that costs money.
What makes ours better? The texture and taste – nice and crunchy with some juice, a little bit sticky. Natureway Farm Market describes it as having a strong garlic flavour with a warm sweet aftertaste. It keeps about 6 months. Good to know if you’re buying a case lot.
–Natureway Farm Market #9-1449 Prairie Ave, Port Coquitlam 604-468-4206 Hours: 9:am-7:pm