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Old September 15, 2017   #5
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From my not so vast experience, the best flavoured garlic has been softneck types. Maybe because that's what I grew up with, but they have a good flavour that is not too hot or overpowering. The hardneck spanish stuff that is really common in stores around here has a somewhat chemical taste , and as you said even bitter.
I would try to find a softneck with big cloves, that's the biggest problem with softnecks - how hard they are to peel.
Also, if you live somewhere with mild winters, you should probably cold treat hardneck in the fridge before planting.
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