Garlic grown in China is a lot cheaper than US-grown garlic. But it’s generally produced using a lot of toxic chemicals, including bleach and toxic pesticides, and heavily fumigated. American-grown garlic has higher allicin and brix levels, is healthier, and tastes a lot better!
The advice we’ve seen to avoid garlic with no roots showing is really not accurate, as some US garlic has no root material. The best way to make sure your garlic is grown in the US, to safe US standards, is to buy from a local grower or an established retailer like GarlicGifts.com. We buy our garlic directly from local growers. We drive our own truck to the farm and buy the braids and bulbs from the farmer. We absolutely guarantee that every product we sell is grown in California!