Garlic is a plant in the Allium (onion) family. It is closely related to onions, shallots, and leeks. Each segment of a garlic bulb is called a clove. There are about 10?20 cloves in a single bulb. Garlic grows in many parts of the world like Netherlands, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Egypt, China and North America. The market for garlic is strong in most areas at the moment, as most nations continue to demand the flavourful bulb. Most of the garlic supply to Europe is currently coming from China and Egypt, although France still shows a strong preference for home-grown crops. In North America, much of the supply comes from South America, whilst China produces its own garlic, and focuses on export rather than import. Getting the bulbs to and from other continents continues to be more expensive than usual, as high logistics prices show no sign of going down, and high energy prices in production countries are also driving up costs.