Why does the United States import garlic from China when it can be grown here?
Here in southern California, you will find garlic at markets that reads, "a product of China". You can also get garlic that is grown in California in certain markets.
We also import fruit, oil, rice, beer/wine/spirits, vegetables and countless other items from various countries that we grow or develop in the United States. Trade among countries is considered beneficial goodwill. In other instances we import items from other countries because it is less expensive or believed to offer "superior quality". Even during "the cold war" while we were fighting communism around the globe we still imported vodka and caviar from Russia.
Probably because the Chinese farmers are more efficient at growing garlic on a large, industrial scale than US farmers.
I also doubt that the climate in S California would be right, Like shallots, garlic needs periods of hard frost to cause the split into cloves, it is said that 10 weeks is right, autumn planted garlic is always better.
Thanks Mick S, I like to be informed about the things I use and like.
Haven't seen the Chinese Garlic-- but I live only a few hours from Gilroy, Californa which is proud to call itself the Garlic Capital of the World. If you drive through the area you will catch the unmistakeable scent.
I have no idea why we import it. I' m sure the Gilroy farmers are not happy about it.
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