Metechi Hardneck Purple Stripe Garlic - Sustainably Grown


Metechi Hardneck Purple Stripe Garlic - Sustainably Grown

Allium sativum Highly productive in both northerly and more southerly climates, producing an average of 7 cloves per bulb and storing well for more than 8 months. Attractive purple-striped or -mottled bulbs and tan to brown clove skins. Eco-grown in Maine. BACK!
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A: 3 bulbs for $15.30   
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B: 2 lb for $47.70   
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C: 10 lb for $180.00   
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Additional Information

Purple Stripe Garlic

The closest to the wild garlic ancestors, this hardneck variety hails from the harsh climate of central Asia. Genetic research shows the Purple Stripe group is the basis of all other types.

Tightly wrapped cloves with long tips, 6–14 per bulb. The skins of both bulbs and cloves are striped in purple. Cloves usually form a single layer around the hard center stalk, though very large bulbs may have inner cloves.

Scapes coil vigorously; small bulbils. 50–60 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.