I had ordered some garlic from a wonderful company Seeds From Italy. This is the second year I have planted the variety Rossa di Sulmona. Rossa di Sulmona is a variety of garlic known for it's pungency. You can use half the amount called for in any recipe. There is no bitterness which is also a plus. I can attest to all the claims - this garlic is delicious. The flavor is richer and fuller than any other garlic I have used before. Although I am getting a later than recommended start, I did plant my garlic last December and was able to harvest in May successfully. I'm planting double the amount I planted last year so I don't have to fear running out of my stores.
I'm trying a new variety also, Bianco Francese - a soft neck variety which produces large white bulbs. I can't find out any other information on this variety - but I will keep you posted.
We finished up by covering the beds with 3 to 4 inches of straw as recommended. In addition I had to cover the beds with wire to keep the chickens away.
When we were finishing up our work hubby asked what type of garlic we were planting and I told him "Italian Garlic". What's wrong with "American Garlic", he wanted to know. I explained to him that when I'm using our "Italian Garlic" it takes me back to "La Bella Italia".
I have so many memories of our trip to Italy this past May. Most of those memories involve food. So many delicious, simple meals - created around delicious ingredients. Olive oil, pasta, garlic, tomatoes, basil and parmesan - nothing we have can match the flavors I found there.
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