Garlic Whole Bulb Chinese 500g Bag

Chinese garlic bulbs are round with 8-10 cloves centered around a central stalk. The golf ball sized bulb’s outer wrappings are thin and parchment-like and are white with some violet streaks. The cloves are uniform crescents and can range in color from light gold to white. Chinese garlic is creamy, spicy, and pungent.


Product Description


Many people think of California as the garlic capital of the world when, in fact, most of our garlic actually comes from China. Because production costs in China are much lower, Chinese garlic costs less. As Chinese garlic continues to flood our markets, California growers are less likely to choose garlic as a crop, since it so much less profitable now.

When shopping for produce, how do you tell the difference between domestic and Chinese garlic? Garlic bulbs with roots scooped off the bottom (leaving a clean concave) are Chinese. The scooping lowers the weight and thus the shipping costs, but it also removes contaminated soil – something that is required by U.S. law. Domestic bulbs, on the other hand, come with roots attached – sometimes. While American growers are free to leave the roots on the bulbs, if a grower believes that rootless bulbs are prettier and more desirable to shoppers, then he can remove them, making his domestic garlic look just like Chinese garlic.

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