A Specialty Ingredient with a Special Story
Several years back, on yet another journey down a windy dirt road, we climbed straight up the steep side of the Sierra and a series of hairpin turns, over boulders with 300’ drop-offs. At the top, we found a forgotten village where purple garlic was planted on handmade terraces and fertilized with goat manure—carried bucket by bucket. Selected over generations, this braided garlic was carried down the mountain and sold locally to the communities of Santa Rosalia, Loreto, and Mulege.
The Del Cabo Team fell in love with this place, its people, and their pungent, purple garlic—they knew it was something special and became excited to share its story. Jacobs Farm del Cabo quickly started selling it in the U.S. market.
True to the crazy, creative spirit of Jacobs Farm del Cabo, we decided to make a braid over 40 meters long to promote the garlic—and ended up setting the Guinness World record for the longest garlic braid! The team had to make a special spinning dolly to wind the braid, which we loaded on a pallet and shipped to our warehouse in San Francisco. Once there, we sold it to Stinking Rose, an upscale gourmet restaurant. We orchestrated the delivery and paraded it around San Francisco. After having it blessed by the local parish priest it was installed on the walls of the restaurant where it was wound throughout all their dining rooms.
Years later, we continue to sell this special purple garlic from this truly special place, and it has become one of our customer's favorite specialty ingredients. We are thrilled to have been able to help the people of Mulege gain access to the US market, and even more excited to be able to tell this story.
Tepentú: A "Society of Solidarity"
Long before joining the Jacobs Farm Del Cabo family many of the families in the Tepentú region struggled to make ends meet. Over the last decade, they have grown to become a "Sociedad de Solidaridad" made up of 20 farming partners.