Christopher Ranch’s California Garlic Blog

It’s no mystery that fresh garlic is one of the most popular, versatile ingredients ever. What remains relatively unknown, however, are the distinct flavor, quality and health differences associated with varying garlic varieties. Christopher Ranch, a family farm in Gilroy, Calif., grows a California heirloom garlic that is a leader in each category. All Garlic Is Not Created Equal. We’ll show you why.


Since everything is better with garlic, I just couldn’t resist adding it to this Christmas classic. The saying “from bad to verse” may fit here, but I hope this little ditty gives you a chuckle…

‘TWAS the night before Christmas, when all through the house

We were busily planning a night to carouse

The garlic braids were hung in the kitchen with care

Close at hand to add flavor to our favorite fare

We nestled roasted cloves in snug lettuce beds

While visions of garlic bulbs danced in our heads

And me in my apron, and pa in chef’s toque

Had just settled in to cook ‘til dawn broke

When right in our midst there arose such a clatter

I sprang to the stove to see what was the matter

Away with my press I flew like a flash

To add more garlic, well, at least just a splash

When, what to my wondering eyes should appear

But friends with food platters and, yes, even beer!

Their breath rich with garlic, so lively and thick

I knew in a moment it must be a trick

But more kept arriving; with more courses they came

I whistled, and shouted, and called each by name,

“Now pesto! Now, salsa! Now, roast beef a’sizzle

With garlic on pizza, on pasta and schnitzel!”

As the fragrance, the flavor, the love did enthrall

I smiled and cried, “eat away, eat away, eat away all!”



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