April is hoppin’ with holidays (I count April 14, the day I send my taxes in, as one) but it’s April 19, that stands out at Christopher Ranch because it’s National Garlic Day. We didn’t create it – every day is Garlic Day here – but if we had, it’s safe to say that we would have picked a warm, sunny harvest day in July* or maybe Don or Bill Christopher’s birthday, but a cool, crisp, damp day in April, probably not.
I have searched for the origin of NatGarDay and come up empty. I can’t find the tiniest clue as to the who, the what or the where of it – but no matter. We know why there’s a day set aside. The aroma of garlic is enough to give us pause, but the flavor… well, it’s certainly worth a 24 hour observance, if not more. Gilroy’s unofficial holiday, the Gilroy Garlic Festival, is a three day allium-a-thon, and I have to remark that the Christopher Family has dedicated a lifetime (and more) to garlic.
Although one day of national recognition doesn’t seem like enough, we’ll take it, because we never pass up an opportunity to put garlic in the spotlight, extol its virtues and savor its flavorful goodness. California Garlic, we salute you today, tomorrow, on April 19, and will continue to do so throughout an exquisitely delicious lifetime.
*Garlic FYI: All California Grown Garlic is harvested in the summer months from June to August.