Garlic Price: the Value of an Essential Product
Garlic is one of the products that cannot be missing from our daily cuisine and in our traditional Mediterranean diet. We can find this product in its most popular varieties in supermarkets, markets, small establishments and gourmet sections of large supermarkets, and although garlic has a reputation for staying stable in the market its price actually varies depending on several factors that we summarize below.
Garlic price: quality is paramount
The price of garlic, like with any other product, depends largely on its quality. In Spain, and specifically in Castilla La Mancha, the quality of our land allows us to grow one of the best garlics in the world, recognised and valued internationally. We also have denominations of origin such as purple garlic, which make this product something more exclusive. Other countries also have large garlic productions, such as China, which is the largest grower and exporter, but the quality of its garlic is considerably lower. Regardless of the origin, weather conditions determine the quality of the crop and therefore the garlic price. Although these are often unpredictable, the farmer can do his part by investing in the best human, agricultural and technological resources to try to guarantee the best possible quality garlic. Logically, this effort also has a value.
Garlic price: according to variety
Another very important factor influencing the garlic price is the type of garlic itself. There are many different varieties and not all require the same agricultural processes, care or dressmaking. There are also varieties that are rarer and harder to find than others. For example, the most popular and common varieties on the market are spring violet garlic and spring white garlic, the ones we grow the most at Dispaman, and their prices tend to remain stable. However, other varieties that are more exclusive, more labor-intensive (like peeled garlic or peeled garlic cloves) or produced in smaller quantities may have higher prices or variants, such as the price of black garlic, garlic with a particular origin or in a particular packaging. Irrespective of the type of garlic, the packaging in which it goes or certain requirements of the buyer also cause prices to vary.
Garlic Price: the Market Sets the Pace
As with any other product, and especially in agriculture, the market marks the behavior and prices of each season, depending on supply and demand, the quantity of product available, the quality of it and other factors more difficult to predict such as the change in custom policies or the change in the price of fuels.
At Dispaman we have been expert garlic growers in Castilla La Mancha for over 70 years, we know the product first hand and we have the best resources to offer the best quality garlic. We have different varieties and offer different packages to meet all of our costumers’ needs.