Monday, July 18, 2011

Beautiful Garlic

Alvie, from Wooleylot Farm, gave me these beautiful garlic bulbs while we were at the Farmer's Market on Saturday. The picture really doesn't do them justice.  I think they're so attractive they should be in a still life painting!

Alvie has saved and cultivated these lovely Pennsylvania heirloom garlics.  The garlic bulb on the left is Vkoos Odena "Taste of Odin," from Potter County and Alvie calls the one on the right  Ohman Red, from McKean County.  

This splendid still life painting features garlic...

~ from Fine Art America by Virgilla Lammons

But mostly, I can envision these gorgeous purple-streaked bulbs painted to lie at the base of one of these lush 18th-century still lifes.  Can you see it?

Van Dael painting, Roses, Tulips and Poppies
~Roses, Tulips and Poppies by Jan Franz van Dael (1764-1842)

“Tomatoes and oregano make it Italian; wine and tarragon make it French. Sour cream makes it Russian; lemon and cinnamon make it Greek. Soy sauce makes it Chinese; garlic makes it good.”
                          ~Alice May Brock

Please be sure to hop on over to Homestead Revival for the weekly Barn Hop - and to Wooleylot Farm for more information about the garlic in today's post.  


  1. yummy garlic!! have you grown garlic yourself? I want to but have been told here in Florida it isn't easy. btw my grandpa was from PA and always referred to it as "God's Country" i honestly didn't know any other name for it :0)

  2. I just pulled about 50 garlic bulbs yesterday. Your grandpa must have come to Potter County!

  3. Very pretty garlic! I hope to grow some of my own garlic next year.