Information about Black Garlic & Raw Garlic

Answers to Common Questions about Connors Farm, Black & Raw Garlic

About Connors Farm

What type of garlic do you grow?

Porcelain garlic is a type of large, attractive hardneck garlic. The plump cloves, usually four to seven to a bulb, are easy to peel, delicious to eat, and store longer than most types of garlic.

Does Connors Farm have Livestock?

Wes we do. My father and I have raised and sold Beef Cattle for years. We also have a couple of pigs and chickens, supplying the family with farm-fresh eggs.

What efforts are you making to ensure healthy crops?

Connors Farm strives for the healthiest garlic available and have soil samples and plant tissue tested and analyzed by a large lab in Ontario every fall and spring. A soil consultant then interprets the results and we amend the soil as needed for best results.

We inspect all seeds by hand before planting to check for signs of rot and damage, and then dip them in a solution to help kill any mold that may be present. We also perform daily inspections and keep a close eye out for unwanted pests and diseases.

What do you use to amend the soil?

Every spring we amend the soil we will be planting in with all-natural ingredients like aged cow manure, lime, mussel seashell compost, rock dust and worm castings.

Do you rotate your crops?

Yes, because it helps return nutrients to the soil without synthetic inputs. The practice also works to interrupt pest and disease cycles, improve soil health by increasing biomass from different crops' root structures, and increase biodiversity on the farm.

What are the advantages of using straw?

Covering the seed stock after planting with straw protects the seeds throughout the winter, prevents the soil from drying out, controls weed growth and prevents washouts.

Do you use chemicals?

Connors Farm avoids chemicals as much as possible. However, on rare occasions, we may not have any choice and use chemicals as a last resort.

How do you increase the size of your garlic bulbs?

We hand-pick all garlic scapes as soon as possible. Removing the scapes can increase the growth of the bulb by up to 25%.

Do you have quality control?

We are serious about garlic! Throughout the planting and growing process we perform regular checks. After harvesting the bulbs are run through a brushing and grading machine to ensure clean and correct size bulbs and we do a final hand inspection before shipping our garlic to make sure our customers receive the quality produce they expect from Connors Farm.

Black Garlic

How is Black Garlic made?

Raw Garlic needs to be fermented, typically between 1 and 3 months, at the perfect humidity and temperature to make Black Garlic.

The process of fermenting is often referred to as a Maillard reaction.

Can you freeze Black Garlic?

Yes, it keeps in the freezer for up to a year.

What is the shelf life of Black Garlic and how should it be stored?

Unopened packages of Black Garlic can be stored at room temperature for up to 6 months. After opening it can be kept in the fridge for up to 1 month.

How should Black Garlic be stored?

You can store opened packages of Black Garlic in the fridge for up to one month.

Is Black Garlic more healthy than Raw Garlic?

Definitely! After Raw Garlic goes through the Maillard reaction it is considered a Superfood.

What is the daily recommended use of Black Garlic?

1 to 2 cloves.

Does eating Black Garlic cause bad breath?

Absolutely not. After the Maillard reaction is complete, the chemical composition of the Raw Garlic has been altered and bad breath is no longer a concern.

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Raw Garlic

How long does our garlic take to grow?

Music garlic takes between 6 and 8 months, depending on the area and growing year.

What are the ideal requirements to grow garlic?

Garlic thrives in full sun and well-drained soil.

How many cloves are in a Music Garlic variety clove?

On average, there are 4 cloves per garlic plant.

When is the ideal time to harvest Music Garlic?

We prefer to harvest our garlic when about half of the leaves are left living because every living leaf represents one protective shell around the garlic bulb, helping prolong its shelf life.

How long does it take for garlic to dry and cure?

It takes about 2 weeks.

For how long can raw garlic be stored?

As long as raw garlic is kept in a cool and dry place it can be stored for 6 to 8 months.

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