Garlic Red Toch has a superior taste, but is reputed to store short time. I asked Randi and Svend from Danish Seed Savers on their experience over a few years. They were so kind to do an experiment and have send the following report:
“ ‘status’ on storing RED TOCH
1) I took some cloves on the 20th. september 2010 and stored them in a plastic bag in the refrigerator at 5 degrees C.
Control on the 7 th january 2011, cloves has set roots and begun to sprout.
2) I took some cloves on the 20th. september 2010 and stored it in an open glass jar at 16-18 degrees C in our scullery.
Control on the 7 th january 2011, cloves are still juicy, can not tell the difference from other garlic cultivars.
Note that the refrigerator is not the correct place to store garlic – too much humidity. ”
In the middle of March I was given the experimental cloves, and took the above photo. The two cloves stored warm were delicious to eat, the two stored in the fridge was not interesting in this state.
Home-grown garlic keeps well on the kitchen table, but bad in the refrigerator.
It also seems that Red Toch keeps quite well into March and maybe longer.
And a big thank you to Randi and Svend for their fine study !