Silverskin garlic is a term used to describe a group of garlics that are a sub-group of softneck garlics. They are the ones you see most often in stores in North America. Often the ones you see are braided, because they are easy to braid.
There are about 15 different varieties of garlic in this group.
The bulbs have white skin. There can be many clove layers inside, anywhere from 3 to 8. Outer cloves will be wider than inner layer ones. The cloves have tight skins that can be either pink or white.
When eaten raw, the flavour tends to be mild, but it can sometimes be sharp.
Silverskin garlic plants don’t often produce stalks. They prefer a mild winter.
Silverskin garlic is the group of garlic with the longest storage life, 6 to 12 months.