It is garlic time! Here is a pic of some of our 2022 garlic:
We currently offer 4 hardneck and 2 softneck varieties of garlic. We have increased our dedicated garlic growing space and are pleased to more than double our our offerings this year. New for this year: Siberian, Nootka Rose, and Georgian Fire.
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All of the garlic we sell is suitable for eating and/or planting. However, we have found that if you are planting it is best to use the best and biggest cloves to get the best crop. This year, we are offering 2 sizes of most garlic- large and medium- the difference is size and price.
Typically, hardneck varieties produce flower scapes in June that can be cut and used to make garlic scape pesto or flavor other dishes. We adore scapes! They are far less pungent that garlic, but with a delectible flavor and texture that can't quite be compared to anything else. In proper conditions, hardneck garlic can be stored and used through February.
Softneck varieties tend to store for longer periods of time but do not typically produce scapes. This variety typically stores longer inside and is braidable! We braid ours, hnag it on the walls for decoration and just cut off the lowest bulb with scissors when it is time to cook.
How is the garlic at Daisy Hill Farm grown? All of our garlic is grown according to organic standards. Our fertilizer consists of compost and Neptune's Harvest fish fertilizer. No pesticides are used. We mulch with hay/straw and wwater often (it is a thirsty crop). We plant in the fall and harvest in July. After several weeks of curing on shelves and hooks in our garage, the garlic gets its final clean up and prepares for fancy photo shoots. As you can see from the photo above, it was very snazzy this year!
Red Russian Hardneck
Fedco says "Allium sativum subs. ophioscorodonSaid 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 5–12 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".
Red Russian is a rocambole type of hardneck which means it "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, maybe because of a slight tendency to split cloves. Generally, stores well through February, and—if really cured well and in optimal storage—can store months longer".
Fedco Says "Allium sativum subs. ophioscorodonSimilar toGerman Extra Hardy, with large succulent cloves. Al Music brought this Porcelain type from Italy to Ontario in the 1980s, where it became known as a very good cold-climate variety. Bakes up wonderfully".
Music is a porcelin hardneck type which means it "produces 3–6 very large cloves with tight porcelain-white skins, each equivalent to two or three cloves of supermarket garlics. 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".
Our "large" Music bulbs have 4 large cloves, and the "medium" bulbs have about 4 smaller cloves.
Inchellium Red Softneck
Fedco has this to say about Inchellium Red: "Allium sativum subs. sativumUsually forms 2–3 inner cloves and 6–7 outer cloves, but can make a very large bulb with 4–5 rings. Inner cloves not as tiny as in supermarket garlics. White paper with reddish-purple markings.
Very good flavor, but not intense; excellent raw. Decent keeper, with good yields and good bolt-resistance. Originates from Inchelium (in-CHEE-lee-um), Washington, near the Canadian border".
Our "large" Inchelium Red bulbs have about 6-9 large outer ring cloves, and the "medium" bulbs have about 5-6 outer ring cloves.
Large, uniform bulbs store well for a hardneck type. Easy to grow, robust flavor, especially when sauteed. Siberian garlic has a rich sweet flavor when roasted and sautéed. It is also good raw- with good flavor and no after taste. We enjoy it in salad dressings, sauteed with veggies and rasted on just about everything!
Our "large" Siberian bulbs have about 6 cloves, and the "medium" bulbs have about 4-5 cloves.
Nootka Rose Softneck-NEW!
Mad River Garlic says "Nootka Rose is a beautiful bulb, silky smooth white skins with some pink blush on the outer cloves. Great flavor for a softneck variety. It has a long shelf life and makes for a great looking braid. The flavor is rich and warm, but not overly hot. This is a very long-storing garlic that easily holds into the next spring or even summer. This heirloom comes from the San Juan Islands off the coast of Washington."
Our "large" Nootka Rose bulbs have about 6-8 outer ring cloves, and the "medium" bulbs have about 5-6 smaller outer ring cloves.
Fedco says: "We love this fiery Porcelain, with more bite than Georgian Crystal. Its pungent taste is loved by garlic aficionados and, finely chopped, is excellent for heating up fresh salsas and sauces. Sizable bulbs with blushed inner skins store well."
We have medium bulbs this year with about 4 cloves each.