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What Happened to California Garlic? [Moved from Home Cooking board]

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SteveInSoCal Dec 9, 2007 12:42 PM

Over the past year or more I've noticed that almost all the garlic in the markets, both large chains and small independents, is coming from China. The stuff from China is overly clean, lite for its size, weaker in taste, and doesnt store very long, all of which tells me its getting farily old by the time it hits the shelves. It frequently comes in net sleeves containing 3-5 heads, and is generally pretty bad.

California is the garlic capital of the world why cant I find California garlic in California stores?!?!

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    Alan408 Dec 9, 2007 12:52 PM

    White Rot a soil fungus has affected most of the CA fields.

    Several years ago, Mr. Christopher of Christopher's Garlic testified in front of congress, trying to get a tarrif on Chinese garlic, now he sells it.

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    1. re: Alan408
      Will Owen Dec 10, 2007 12:28 PM

      I think Urban Sprawl, an even more deadly fungus, had a much broader effect. The acres and acres of garlic fields between San Jose and Gilroy have now grown a giant crop of fake-stucco s***boxes...

      I'm thinking very seriously of just growing my own. Garlic, that is!

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