A Gift Only a Gardener Can Love

Theres nothing better than homegrown garlic, except someone kind enough to give some away.

There's nothing better than homegrown garlic, except someone kind enough to give some away.

Greenville Tom called my radio show on Sunday asking a garden question and we got on the topic of one of many favorite subjects, garlic. I then met Tom at a speaking gig in Mercer County and we got a chance to chat, and again the talk turned to garlic.
When I went to the post office to check my mail there was a note to pick up an item that wouldn’t fit in the box.
I was excited upon seeing Tom’s return address on the the parcel wrapped in brown paper. Back home, I tore open the box and there were six big heads of home grown garlic inside. These didn’t look like the pristine white heads in the store, they were crusted with dry soil from six months of storage and tinged in purple.
I couldn’t wait to taste a clove. I chose a small one from the center of a head and I thought it was wonderful. It tasted sweet, then followed with a little bite and a wonderful aftertaste the lingered for many hours.
In his letter, Tom said the garlic was given to him by an elderly gentleman who brought it from Italy.
I couldn’t help but think of all the families that enjoyed the variety as a utilitarian ingredient offering a taste of home. But now, this garlic was a treasured gift, the kind that only gardeners can understand.

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