The other day, Martha and Shaun, the gardener, were discussing the fact that the onions and garlic needed to be harvested. Shaun had planted many, many varieties of onions last spring and there was plenty of garlic planted last autumn. Sharkey and I heard them talking about how you must cure the crop after harvesting so that the outer skins will dry out, forming a protective barrier to keep the insides moist and flavorful during storage. We watched them pull the onions and garlic out of the ground, but we wondered where they were being cured. Sharkey and I decided to go and explore.
And look at all of the garlic - this type of garlic is called hardneck which Martha prefers over the grocery store variety known as softneck. She says it has a much better flavor.