When garlic bulbs are mature, the tops yellow and begin to dry. Dig bulbs when the tops are about one-half brown and one-half green. Dry bulbs in the garden for several days with their tops attached and out of the direct sun. After drying, clean off the loose dirt and trim the roots close to the bulb. Braid the tops of types with pliable leaves. Alternatively, remove the tops to 1 to 1 1/2 inches above the bulb.

Use Storage Method 3.

Keeping garlic in warm, dry conditions for 3 to 6 weeks will cure it. This drying treatment will prolong storage life. Garlic will keep for 6 to 7 months.

Nutrition note: 1 serving of garlic is 1 garlic clove, which contains 5 calories. Garlic contains no fat, sodium, or cholesterol. Some studies show that it may lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Color = white.

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