How to Buy, Store, and Cook with Garlic, in Season in November

October 30, 2015

Garlic may seem ubiquitous, but like all produce it has a season. Although you can use the scapes, or shoots, that appear in the spring, the actual garlic bulbs aren’t harvested from the ground until fall. They can be used right away, or allowed to dry and “cure” for longer storage. (Cured garlic is naturally preserved through a combination of time and air circulation, similar to the way charcuterie can be cured in the same method. Many farmers will hang rows and rows of garlic in their barns for the best airflow.)

How to Buy
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