Starting in late June, we sell garlic at the Lopez Island Farmer's Market. The garlic is cleaned with stalks still attached. Perfect for braiding and arrangements!
Below are some basic steps on how to braid softneck garlic along with some ideas on how to arrange hardneck garlic since the stalk is too stiff to braid.
Tie a string
Trim the roots from the garlic. Take three pieces of soft-neck garlic and tie a string around them.
Add a piece of garlic
Add a fourth piece of garlic and begin to weave it into the other three French braid style.
Continue adding more garlic
Continue adding garlic. If the braid is going to be really long, consider trimming the tops of each stalk as you add them to prevent the braid from becoming bulky.
You can now hang the garlic in your kitchen.
We sell bundles of hardneck garlic as well, but hardneck garlic has very stiff stalks that makes braiding a challenge. So we recommend you arrange them differently.
Simply trim the roots and cut off the tops of the stalks. Bind the garlic tightly into an arrangement at several points. You can add a cutting of sage or lavender as decoration! Keep them in a dry place and cut off garlic when you need it.