Why plant garlic? It's the world of flavors that await in every bulb, of course! Cooked garlic offers several dimensions that come alive depending on how you prepare it, (of course it belongs in so many Italian dishes!) and so many varieties are available in the spring at Beaver Bark that you just won't be able to pick only one.
When to plant? Cloves can be planted in late winter as soon as the soil thaws, but it's true that fall-planted garlic produces bigger, better bulbs. If you missed the fall planting, don't fret! Ask which garlic will work best for your situation.