Garlic continues to be in short supply, especially peeled garlic. Domestic weather fluctuations, including a warmer-than-normal winter and late-season rains in June and July, are accounting for smaller bulb and clove size as well as low yields. Supplies are forecast to meet demand, but growers are monitoring inventories.
- Ready-Set-Serve (RSS) Peeled Garlic orders are being filled 100%, but being kept to average volumes
- This year’s domestic crop is yielding more off-grade garlic, resulting in only 30% of usable product in some fields
- The low percentage of quality garlic is causing a supply shortage of domestic peeled stocks
- Warm nighttime temperatures during the winter growing season led to smaller, underdeveloped bulbs and cloves; garlic requires a certain number of cold units (or cold nights) for proper development
- Late-season irrigations were applied in an effort to promote further bulb development, but this caused some root deterioration, resulting in pieces of the root remaining attached to some cloves
- Garlic staining will be apparent in most fresh garlic supplies this year (when drying, garlic and the dry skins absorb excess water and muddy soil)
- In addition to late season irrigations, rain fell on California fields in June and July, leading to more staining than has been seen in many years
- An effort is being made to remove stains during packing, but some bulbs will retain this defect
- Staining is a purely cosmetic issue and does not affect quality or flavor; expect it to be apparent on fresh garlic supplies for the next eight months of this shipping season
- Chinese garlic is available, but tight domestic supplies are keeping prices elevated
- Chinese peeled garlic has a similar shelf-life to California product; the flavor profile is less pungent as there is a higher water content and less oil
- A small percentage is also imported from Argentina, Mexico, and Spain
Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information.
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