WE ARE GETTING IN OUR ORGANIC SEED GARLIC FOR 2017. All grown in the Columbia River Gorge. More varieties are coming soon.
$16 to $28 per pound, sold in 1/2 pound increments. We also sell our garlic at our retail store in Hood River.
Porcelains are impressive, tall, statuesque plants. The bulbs are impressive as well. They are large and typically all white, hence the name Porcelain, although purple or copper streaking may sometimes appear depending on growing conditions and cultivar. Porcelain bulbs generally have four to six cloves arrayed in a single layer around a sturdy flower stalk. Since the cloves are so few and the bulbs are so large, the cloves are exceptionally large as well. As a group, Porcelains have among the highest yields of allicin, the sulfur compound most associated with garlic’s therapeutic benefits. Porcelain cultivars are very cold hardy, and have been a mainstay for many Canadian garlic producers. Porcelains are more adaptable than many other strongly bolting cultivars, and they grow reasonably well in warmer southerly climates.
- Music Hardneck Garlic $14 / 1/2 lb
- German Mountain Hardneck Garlic $12 / 1/2 lb
- Chinese Red and White Hardneck Garlic $12 / 1/2 lb
Purple Stripe Varieties
Purple Stripe are the earliest ancestral garlic forms still existing on earth. Genetically closest to the origins of the species, Purple Stripes are the ancestors and antecedents of all other garlic cultivars. In general, the taste of Purple Stripe cultivars is strong, complex, and richly garlicky, without being overly sulfurous. Purple Stripes are named for their vivid purple coloration and striping on the bulb wrappers and clove skins. The cloves are generally arrayed in a single layer around the flower stalk, though very large bulbs may have inner cloves. Befitting the groups ancestral origins in the harsh environment of Central Asia, Purple Stripes need exposure to cold to grow well and develop large bulbs, though they can still produce reasonably well in some southern regions.
- Chesnok Red Hardneck Garlic $14 / 1/2 lb
- Kisklyk Hardneck Garlic $12 / 1/2 lb
- Kranagasger Red Hardneck Garlic $12 / 1/2 lb
Asiatic cultivars are readily identifiable by their distinctive umbel capsule (flower head surrounded by a protective bract). When fully developed, the capsule has an exceptionally long beak that is broad and hollow for a substantial portion of its length. The scape is typically short and drooping rather than strongly coiling. The flavors range from mild in some cultivars to spicy and intense.
- Korean Red Hardneck Garlic $12 / 1/2 lb
- Pyongyang Hardneck Garlic $12 / 1/2 lb
- Asian Tempest Hardneck Garlic $14 / lb
For many, Rocambole is synonymous with hardneck garlic and culinary supremacy. Rocamboles are among the most widely known and grown hardneck garlic cultivars. In the views of many, Rocamboles are the finest tasting garlic of all. The best have a rich, deep, complex flavor palate. Rocamboles are “sweet” as opposed to aggressively sulfurous, and they are devoid of vegetative overtones. While Rocamboles certainly have garlic’s heat when eaten raw, they are relatively moderate in that regard, and the heat is balanced by a fine depth of character. Rocamboles are especially good when raw garlic is called for, such as for crushing and mixing with vinegar or lemon and olive oil for salad or vegetable dressing. Rocambole cloves peel exceptionally easily, which is part of the reason for their shorter storage life compared to other cultivars.
The group is named for the flattened turban shape of the umbel capsule. Turban cultivars are among the first ready for harvest; have the shortest dormancy, and thus the shortest storage ability; and are the first to sprout after planting. Everything about them is quick and early. Turbans have been compared to the garlic world’s summer apple. Their taste is typically simple and direct. After many weeks of gleaning the last of last season’s harvest in search of garlic that is not too dried up or sprouted, the juicy fresh cloves from the newly harvested Turbans are quite welcome
Artichokes Artichoke are among the most productive and least problematic. They are among the earlier ready for harvest, readily develop very large bulbs, and adapt to a wide range of growing conditions and soils. Artichoke cultivars are by far the most commonly favored and grown commercial garlic. Most of the garlic in the supermarket is from the Artichoke group.
Elephant Garlic is actually a leek, not a true garlic, but of immense utility nonetheless. Super-large bulbs can easily exceed a half-pound, are comprised of a few very plump cloves.