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Garlicworld Archive August 2004 - 5

Sweet Smell of Success for Craggie Farm!
With the prospects for arable farming looking increasingly uncertain, Glen and Gilli Allingham of Craggie Farm in the north-east of Scotland turned to growing garlic as a profitable alternative to cereals and potatoes. With trial plantings in 1998 and 1999 they took the plunge and planted 1.5 acres of the Canadian variety, 'Music' in 2000. Such was the success of the crop that five acres were planted last year and fifteen are planted up for next years harvest. The garlic is sold in various forms throughout Scotland and the rest of the UK through their newly formed company  'The Really Garlicky Company'
For more on this story including photographs from last year's harvest - click here.

FOLICURŪ Shows Potential in the Control of White Rot in Garlic
White Rot is a major disease of garlic which can lead to huge commercial losses. Researchers at the Gatton Research Station in Queensland, Australia have shown how tebuconazole (FolicurŪ) could be used for effective control. More details.

Korean Farmers Protest About Chinese Imports
South Korean President Kim Dae-jung has sacked a top economic aide amid a growing row over imports of Chinese garlic. Han Duck-Soo, the chief presidential adviser on economic affairs was forced to step down as Korean farmers protested against the idea of the market being flooded with cheap garlic from China, the world's biggest producer.
Full story from BBC News

Garlic Smuggling Soars in Guangzhou
Panyu Customs, a subsidiary of the South Chinese Customs based in Guangzhou have seen a high frequency of illegal garlic exports. August to December is the most active period and customs are on
full alert. Full story from the People's Daily

Garlic bulbils are frequently used as a means of rapidly increasing planting stock particularly by laboratories who are producing virus-free bulbs. They can also be grown to produce spring garlic which can be harvested and used in cooking just like spring onions (scallions). In Spain, spring garlic is produced from sowing cloves from small, commercially valueless bulbs. Dishes made with spring garlic have a unique, sweet garlic flavour - well worth experimenting with! Bulbils are typically a feature of the hardneck garlics with the rocambole types producing low numbers of large bulbils and the porcelain group typically hundreds of very small bulbils.

Variety
Bulbils
Weight (g)
 Rocambole varieties
0
0
 Carpathian
16
7.1
 Dominics
7
8.2
 French red
4
5.0
 German Red
9
8.8
 Israeli
25
12.0
 Legacy
20
7.2
 Marino
16
6.0
 Roja
30
6.6
 Yerina
13
7.7
 Yugoslavian
25
8.3
 Porcelain varieties
0
0
 Georgia Crystal
145
4.3
 Georgia Fire
207
6.2
 Leningrad
302
10.7
 Music
243
8.4
 Red Rezan
104
3.2
 Weingarten
61
10.6

US Garlic Consumption Triples in the Last Decade
Consumption of garlic in the USA has more than tripled during the 1990s because of its growing popularity in foods and as a dietary supplement or herbal remedy. Americans consumed 3.1 pounds of garlic per person in 1999, compared with 1 pound in 1989, the Agriculture Department's Economic Research Service reports. To meet that demand, acreage devoted to domestic production of garlic rose during the decade from 16,000 acres to 41,000 acres. Data from the USDA food consumption database


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