I never had this problem ten years ago, but now i often get some garlic and when i cut it i can smell mildew. The garlic LOOKS fine but it's not. Garlic is a strong smell - if the mildew smell overpowers it, what is going on? I can';t tell from the outside. Are there any hints to this i can apply when buying them? Sometimes they're perfect-looking, firm and clean. If i can find them with significant amounts of root attached i get those since i presume they haven't been stored long, but usually i can't. Second, i often peel an onion and there is a black stuff between the layers that doesn;t seem to smell but looks like mold. Is it dangerous? can i just peel it off? What say ye?