The term gourmet garlic has become popular recently, both with specialist garlic producers and the high end stores that stock their produce. So what exactly is “gourmet” garlic?
What Is Gourmet Garlic?
There’s no official definition of gourmet garlic. The term is used to describe any high quality garlic that has superior taste to that of generic white supermarket garlic. Some people say that gourmet garlic must be visually appealing with a good shape, others argue that all that matters is the taste.
Gourmet garlic is usually grown from specific varieties which have a reputation for a particularly strong, unusual or subtle taste. When buying gourmet garlic, the name of the variety is likely to be dislayed prominently.
Both hardneck and softneck garlics can be classified as gourmet, however the hardnecks provide most of the preferred varieties. Some of the many names to look out for include:
- Purple Stripe
Each of these has sub-varieties, often with exotic names.
Many chefs have their own personal favourite varietes of gourmet garlic, some even use different varieties in different dishes.