The Beemster region, a designated world heritage site, is a drained polder to the north of Amsterdam. Its unique status was chosen because of its squared parcels of land. It is said that this particular pattern was copied in America to create Manhattan’s striking street plan.
Fresh garlic is grown more sustainably than dried garlic because the growing period is shorter: the bulbs are harvested while they are still vigorous and healthy. Our Beemster garlic is planted in October/ November and harvested in late June and early July by a garlic harvester, which pulls the garlic up by its stem, as it were, and cuts the roots below loose with a blade.
Once the garlic has been harvested, the bulbs are processed in the barn. The roots underneath the bulb are cut off and its outer skins are removed, leaving a glorious white bulb with a green stem. We use the leaves and outer skins for compost.