These are typical Jumbo garlics. Most of our crop of Purples or Whites are 2.5″ to over 3″ across like these beauties. We will sell them for $2.00 each or 3 for $5.00 (that’s under $10 a pound). The Purples (or Red Russians as many people call them) have great flavour. The whites are even hotter! We caution people to use about one quarter the usual amount. They will overwhelm your food if you use too much. Better to try a little bit and then add more if required.
These jumbos will go on sale July 4-5 during Berry Festival in downtown Abbotsford (on Essendene in front of Hemingways Books) . The garlics are our main crop but we will be selling other local produce. In July we will have giant Walla Walla onions, Spanish onions and later on some early squash for sale.
All our produce is chemical-free. The garlic found in B.C. grocery stores usually comes from California or China. Both douse their produce (garlic in particular) with 35-50 different chemicals including many insecticides, herbicides and even chlorine to make them look whiter!! To get an idea of what California garlic contains check out http://www.ipmcenters.org/cropprofiles/docs/CAgarlic.pdf
Another good website that breaks down chemicals in California garlic can be found at http://www.pesticideinfo.org/DS.jsp?sk=14007
Some parts of the world have stopped importing Chinese garlic because of the rampant chemical use. Check out http://www.naturalnews.com/022801_garlic_Australia_food.html
Despite the ban on Chinese garlic in parts of the southern hemisphere and Europe Canadian officials seem unconcerned.