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Chinese garlic.

A plague in supermarkets. I know you can find local garlic in JTM and such, but...

List any chain grocery store that actually carries flavorful garlic, for the love of stench.

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  1. Why chains? Never a bad thing to avoid them...

    Most health/organic food store will have garlic that is not from China. Some from Argentina, some will still have Québec garlic.

    1. It's a bit late to get local garlic.

      Mark your calendar for the next crop, august.
      I HIGHLY recommend garlic from Le Petit Mas http://lepetitmas.ca/

      I ordered 10 kilos last time, to save on shipping fees (fixed 20$).
      I sold kilos to family members and friends.

      Everyone is super satisfied and will order again next autumn.

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      1. re: Lowrent

        It is not too late to get local garlic. Atwater (and I would assume Jean Talon) have them in braids - I just bought some a few weeks ago when my supply from the fall ran out. The flavour is far superior to anything coming from China. Forget chain grocery stores for garlic at this time of year - even when in season, it's hard to find Quebec garlic at places like Loblaws.

      2. IGA usually has organic garlic from california or mexico and mine has added a Quebec product lately, but not always in stock.

        I agree with snackhappy, chinese garlic is often weak

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        1. re: ScoobySnacks20

          Indeed, I just bought some from IGA that's certfied organic from Argentina. Still have to taste it.

          1. re: CallAnyVegetable

            Well I tried that garlic last night and it was just as weak as the chinese one, unfortunately.

        2. Adonis usually carries non China garlic but as I mentioned in another thread, their latest batch is from the wrong neck of the woods...

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            1. re: CallAnyVegetable

              I mean from China instead of their usual Argentina stock.

          1. Bumping this up. Marche Colfax in Laval just received a shipment of California garlic with the stems still attached.

            I bought two heads and while I haven't tried it yet, the cloves are VERY tight which is always a good sign of fresh garlic.

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            1. re: SKYMTL

              thank you for the 411
              is this the address? Grand Marché ColFax 3699 Autoroute 440 ouest. Laval, QC H7P 5P6

              1. re: maj54us

                Yup. It is next to the rows and rows of Chinese prepackaged garlic. You can tell the difference since it has a slightly purple exterior colour. It is of course more expensive than the Chinese garlic but the cloves are absolutely massive.

                Tried some out last night actually in a Dry Garlic Spare Rib recipe. It doesn't have that slightly acidic taste like much of the Chinese stuff. The only way I can describe it is "smooth".