The legend of the pink bulbs
Exactly when pink garlic took root in Lautrec is unknown, and its miraculous appearance is, perhaps inevitably, the subject of a legend. In the Middle Ages, a travelling merchant stopped for refreshment at an inn on the southern edge of town called La Oustalarié. Perhaps he should have checked his pockets before he ordered, because when he came to pay his bill, he was short of money. Instead, he offered the innkeeper a few bulbs of pink garlic. The innkeeper accepted this unusual form of payment, no doubt intrigued by the pink tint of the bulbs. Presumably he liked the taste too, and he planted a couple of cloves so that he could enjoy the same pink colour and delicate taste the following year. And the rest is history, or so the legend would have us believe.