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Garlic from China??

Discussion in 'Food Forum' started by Romadoc, Oct 22, 2007.

  1. Romadoc


    Aug 26, 2000
    Sarasota, FL
    I see that the dehydrated garlic sold at my local Costco comes from China. It costs a fraction of what I'm currently paying Penzey's for California garlic. Given all the attention now being paid to practically anything from China, I'm wondering if anyone would buy their foodstuffs.
  2. Cousin

    Cousin Gambel's Quail

    Jul 15, 2006
    The Arizona Desert
    A few months back, I bought fresh garlic heads from China - they were packed 3 to a netted bag. They were okay, tasted like any other garlic and looked to be better quality than the dried out carcasses I buy here in AZ.

  3. Cali-Glock

    Cali-Glock Mountain Man

    Feb 11, 2002
    California Sierra Mnts
    Penzy's rocks, but I can't imagine buying fresh garlic from them. Whatever my local grocery store has fresh works fine by me!
  4. Romadoc


    Aug 26, 2000
    Sarasota, FL
    I was referring to dehydrated garlic chips. I don't think Penzey's sell fresh produce.
  5. Mild Bill

    Mild Bill Millennium Member

    Oct 18, 1999
    Tampa, Florida
    I like those netted 3-pk Chinese garlic things...
    The cloves are uniformly sized and you don't get those tiny useless pieces in the middle...
  6. 84S


    Oct 12, 2001
    Central Virginia
    China exports a butt load of garlic.
  7. you want top-notch garlic, go to a Korean market their garlic is excellente ;)
  8. But look at this Costa Rican on line newspaper today:

    Border agents manage to sniff out bags of contraband garlic
    By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

    Anti-drug police, customs agents and other law enforcement personnel have swooped down on garlic smugglers.

    Believe it or not, the illegal activity at Costa Rica's southern border does not only include cocaine, heroin, marijuana, illegal immigrants, weapons and similar. There also is the steady importation of unapproved foodstuffs, including garlic and eggs, according to the Ministerio de Agricultura y Ganadería.

    The ministry maintains the Servicios de Cuarentena Vegetal, or quarantine service at Paseo Canoas. Sunday the quarry was some 5,000 kilos (112,000 pounds) of bagged Chinese garlic.

    Agricultural officials said that the garlic contains plant diseases that should not be allowed to come into the country. Chinese garlic had been rejected at the border the week before, but some merchants tried to smuggle in a

    truckload, said the ministry. Border police also are on the lookout for contraband eggs from Panama, said the ministry.
  9. R_W


    Nov 8, 2007
    True story, use your own judgement.

    I had a business trip to China and went on a tour to see some old palaces and stuff. Went to the burial mound of some emporer that protected his tomb with tons of mercury. They had signs showing the ridiculously high levels of mercury in the ground around the site. As you walk up the site, they are growing and selling fruit right there. I lived on my stash of powerbars for the rest of that trip.
  10. RWBlue


    Jan 24, 2004
    I don't think I would buy a root from China. Everything I know about how they grow food in China would make me hesitant.

    That being said, they are a major exporter. I am sure that some large companies are using their Garlic. I am just not sure how they do quality control.
  11. 685cmj

    685cmj Guest

    Yah, I don't see any problems with eating anything that comes from China. Heck no...!
  12. ateamer

    ateamer NRA4EVR

    If I want garlic, we can get it practically right from the field just 30 minutes away in Gilroy, "The Garlic Capital of the World". Drive past there on a warm day and you will get hungry, just smelling the garlic fields and the big Gilroy Foods packing plant.