Did you know that there are many different types of garlic? You can treat them all as the same, referring to them as just garlic, but it doesn’t hurt to know what you’re buying and what kind of taste it will have. Here’s a list of some of the most popular types of garlic that I’ve come across:
French Garlic – This is one variety of garlic that people rave about, especially when they want to make sure there is a good flavor in their food. It tends to be large bulbs with long cloves and very firm skins – which means they won’t break apart in your cooking either!
Purple Stripe – These are similar to regular garlic varieties, except they have these purple stripes that will show up when you cut them open. It’s known as partial albinism and causes this striation of color throughout the bulb. If you want something different for your meals though, then give this variety a try!
Inchelium Red Garlic – This reddish-brown garlic is almost always grown organically, so if that’s important to you, then this variety should be too. It doesn’t have the pungent taste that some other garlics do, so it’s less likely to overpower your food.
Asiatic Red Garlic – This is another organic variety of garlic which has a slight bit of spiciness to it as well. However, instead of being brown like Inchelium Red, this one tends to be darker purple with a tangy flavor.
Silverskin Garlic – Just as the name says, these are very small cloves and are only about half an inch in diameter. They’re peeled before eating and all parts of them can be used including the bulb itself which is known for its mild taste!
Egyptian Walking Garlic – As the name implies, this variety of garlic tends to wander off in certain conditions! It’s a very hardy plant that can withstand many types of climates and even heavy traffic, so if you’re looking for something to start from your own garden or just want an edible decoration around your home then consider giving Egyptian Walking Garlic a try.
Asiatic Pearl – This specific garlic is popular in Asia and has some unique characteristics as well. Most people really enjoy how it tastes when they use it to cook with. Plus, the cloves are tiny! You may need to get more than one bulb though if you’re planning on cooking for guests or family members.
Indian Red – If you’re looking for something that has a bit of spice to it, then this is the garlic variety that you should look at. It’s great if you enjoy some extra flavor in the food and doesn’t have as much of a pungent taste as other varieties can have. It’s also not quite as spicy as Jalapeno peppers either!
Enjoy them all.