Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Gar-little

It's harvest time! Okay, really, I've been harvesting since July... tomatoes, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries. But it was finally time to check out the one thing I was really excited about...

Garlic!

I don't claim to be a fantastic cook (my brother got that gift). What I cook isn't fancy, but it is edible and generally tasty. And one of my favourite ingredients is garlic. Not only do I like the taste, but I love the smell of it when I'm cooking.

I have never, ever, ever, used dried garlic, garlic salt, garlic flakes, or even that weird looking garlic in the jar that my mother-in-law likes.... it's fresh or bust! (And no Chinese garlic please...)

So I was thrilled at the idea of having garlic from my very own garden to cook with. 

As you may recall, I planted my garlic a little late, but I got sprouts very quickly. I started to get a little worried when I didn't get scapes (flowers) but otherwise, the plants seemed healthy. And this week, they were showing all the signs that the internet said meant it was time to harvest. So I got out my shovel and...
I have officially grown the world's smallest heads of garlic. Seriously.. as a child, I would have referred to this as Barbie garlic. And lest you be decieved by the picture - they are actual heads of garlic with several individual cloves in each one... they are just really, really.... REALLY small.

I'm guessing it's because I planted them so late. But, I cleaned them up, let them dry, and a few nights later, chopped one of them up for my famous herbed chicken and potato dinner. And it tasted just perfect!

I still have some planting cloves set aside, so this fall I'll get some in the ground. Next year... next year I'll have some mammoth garlic! I just know it!

7 comments:

Araignee said...

So cute! With garlic a little goes a long way so I bet it was tasty being so fresh!

Lynn said...

They may be small but YOU GREW THEM!!!! Better than any store bought garlic out there!!!

elns said...

hahaha, Barbie Garlic! You're killing me. cute and it is YOURs!

Minding My Own Stitches said...

Fresh is best... You just need a longer growing season!

Dee said...

Mmmmmmmm....garlic! And you are so right. There is nothing that compares with fresh.

Rachelle said...

We're currently using some lovely garlic grown by a friend for his business; organic and beautifully strong. I've failed at growing it myself in the past, but will have to try again some time; last time I failed because eldest weeded it all out of the garden by accident.
We do use garlic salt on chips from time to time, but fresh with the meat.

Nancy Kay said...

Fresh is goooood. I bet those little garlic pieces are going into some tasty dishes soon.