German Extra-Hardy Hardneck Porcelain Garlic - Organic


German Extra-Hardy Hardneck Porcelain Garlic - Organic

Allium sativum Selected for size. Big Porcelain bulbs typically yield four huge cloves; range is 3–5. White outer skin, rusty reddish-tan clove skins. Hardy plants, hearty flavor, excellent storage.

Z3-8. Certified Organic. Maine Grown.

OGThis item is certified organic

6224 German Extra-Hardy - Organic
Item Discounted
A: 3 bulbs for $17.10   
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B: 2 lb for $53.10   
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C: 10 lb for $202.50   
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Additional Information

Porcelain Garlic

This hardneck type produces 3–6 very large cloves with tight porcelain-white skins. Excellent storage. Huge cloves are wonderful in the kitchen (some will need cutting to fit into a garlic press!), and perfect for production pesto-making or baking whole. Scapes form arches, curls and loose coils, and develop hundreds of tiny grain-sized bulbils.

Porcelains are slower to propagate than other hardnecks. 20–35 cloves per pound.

Seed Garlic

The bulb size, the skin color, the flavor, and the size and number of cloves are partly determined by genetics, and partly by cultural practices, soil and weather.

Our standard for a seed garlic bulb is a minimum 2" diameter.

Hardneck Garlic

Hardneck garlic has a hard stalk in the center of the bulb, and (the vast majority of the time) only one ring of cloves. Plant grows an edible scape, a tall leafless stalk with a flower-like top. Not braidable, but can be tied in attractive bundles and hung.

Cut off the scape before it uncurls to get the best bulb size. Not easy on a commercial scale, but on a smaller scale it’s not much work, plus fresh tops are great in salads, stir-fries, pickles, pesto!

If you leave the tops on, the below-ground bulb will likely be smaller, but you’ll get a membrane full of bulbils. Depending on type, you can eat them, or plant them in autumn either for greens next spring or full-sized bulbs in two to four years.

Softneck garlic (which we’ve offered in the past) produces multiple rings of cloves and a soft braidable top. Hardnecks are closer to wild garlic, and have a greater range of character and more complex flavor than softneck. Hardnecks are much hardier, thus recommended for cold climates.