Softneck garlic is often associated with supermarkets. The 'soft' neck makes them more economical for large mechanized systems. Softneck garlic grows in multiple layers of 12-24 cloves. Softneck garlic includes Artichoke and Silverskins Most varieties have a milder taste with a creamy finish, but there are exceptions to this rule. Most softnecks can be delicate to cook but great for salad dressing and sauces.