The Passion of Garlic
The growing of garlic is a true passion. This pungent bulb graces the finest tables, is renowned for health and healing properties and is even used to repel unwanted insects.
The passion at Arlo’s Honey Farm began with my husband Rick Appel’s fascination for something planted in the near frozen ground in the fall, emerging bright green in early spring before anything else in the garden shows any sign of life. Given some scrape cloves of heritage white Italian garlic, reportedly brought to Kelowna from Italy by Mrs. Rampone in the 1800’s, the nurturing and passion for garlic began to burn. Garlic must be acclimatized to your growing conditions and soil. Believe it or not, it took 5 years of passion and patience to succeed to produce his finest White Italian Garlic.
But why does a honey farm grow so much garlic? South East Kelowna is notorious throughout its history, for a shortage of agricultural water. Losing our corn crop due to water cut backs one July, garlic provided a reasonable solution. Planted in the late fall when natural water is available and harvested prior to the heat of our scorching summers, it is not a burden to our water supply.
The passion grew. Rick grows over 45 varieties of garlic including, Purple Strips, Porcelains, Rocambles, and Softnecks. The garlic is hand planted and weeded, harvested and lovingly cured. Availability begins with garlic greens, the first taste of garlic in early spring, garlic scapes in June, fresh garlic in early July, garlic braids available in mid-July and cured garlic in August. Availability is dependent upon variety and the season.
Photo credits to Salt Photography