Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Why you should be concerned about Chinese garlic...

The other day and customer contacted me to "grill" me about CA Garlic vs other imported garlic, namely the Chinese Garlic that has flooded the market as of late. The unfortunate thing about Chinese Garlic for those of us IN the garlic business is that it is shipped and distributed to the market so inexpensively that it makes it difficult if not impossible to compete. Chinese grown garlic just tastes bad as well. Due to chemical treatment for various things, it carries with it a foul after taste that is not desireable. We constantly need to double check with OUR suppliers to make sure they are not using Chinese garlic in our products due to its low cost. We want only the BEST, locally grown, California garlic to maintain our high standards.

I guess the point I am getting to is that my conversation with our customer prompted me to do more research on Chinese garlic and WHY it tastes so bad. I must say that the journey was enlightening and a little scary. The best illustration of WHY Chinese is so yucky is summed up in these articles....

Washington Post-  Cause for Concern in Chinese Bulbs? Conventionally Grown Garlic Contaminated with Chemicals

And the bottom line is that Garlic Festival Foods, does not and will not EVER sell Chinese or chemically treated garlic. All of the garlic we use in our products is grown IN California and all of the fresh garlic we sell is safe to eat AND plant.

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