Russian Red Hardneck Rocambole Garlic - Sustainably Grown


Russian Red Hardneck Rocambole Garlic - Sustainably Grown

Allium sativum Said to have been brought to the Pacific Northwest by Russian immigrants in the early 1900s, and so named for its mottled burgundy skin. Forms a ring of 6–12 large plump cloves around a central stalk. Keeps well for over six months. “Delicious garlic flavor with no bitter aftertaste,” says Russian Red grower and garlic aficionado M. Coffin. 50–60 cloves per pound.

Z3-8. Eco-grown in Maine.

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6243 Russian Red - Sustainably Grown
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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

Rocambole Garlic

Hardneck type produces 5–13 medium-large cloves with tan, brown or reddish skins, slightly loose and relatively easy-peeling. A shorter shelf life than Porcelains, maybe because the clove skins are looser, or because of a slight tendency to split cloves. Generally, stores well through February, and—if well cured and in optimal storage—can store months longer. Some claim Rocamboles have the finest, richest flavor.

Scapes form tight coils. Forms 8–25 bulbils, the size of peas; skins can be tight, but otherwise good cooking. More variation in cloves per pound than other classes.

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.