These are the only ones worth growing in the deep south--I've been growing them for over 20 years. I'm the one that made the original PlantFiles entries on these creole varieties. They do keep very well, even in the humid South. Creole Red is like an every day, every use garlic. Ajo Roja, Burgundy, Rose du Lautrec, and Cuban Purple have more specialized uses--and are very good in their own ways. Germinador does not do well with anyone I know in Southeast Texas or Louisiana.
I got started with these (and got starts of all the ones I've listed from my mom) from my mother--and with a last name like Jayreaux and from bayou Pierre Point, need I say more? With my father from Scotland and her from Louisiana; when they would fight they would yell at each other in Gaelic and French. My brother and I always thought we were living at the UN in New York...
Thanks Darius--I always enjoy your vegetable articles! I think a lot of people also don't realize just how much production you can get from a suburban lot either. I just went out to take a picture of a couple of area's for you and realized my camera battery needs to be recharged. So I will have to post again later..
As far as lucky goes--now that they are both gone my older brother and I do feel pretty lucky to have had such a unique set of parents. My father instilled in us a never-quit or give up work ethic and our mother left us a wealth of cajun and french cooking skills; as well as a love of growing. We can also fluently curse in Gaelic, French, and English; which is surely a lost art in modern society--lol.