Creole Red (Hardneck Garlic)
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Species: Allium Sativum Subspecies: Ophioscorodon (Hardneck garlic) Variety: Creole
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Creole Red is a beautiful garlic from the Creole Group and originating from Spain. It is thought to be a subvariety of the Silverskins, but the jury is still out on that one and some evidence suggests it is a unique variety of its own. Creole Red is a bit milder than and not quite as hot as some hardnecks making it a favorite for eating raw. It will grow in both northern and southern climates with a slight preference for the southern areas. This variety does not develop a particularly large bulb. It will typically contain 6 to 7 cloves which are a stunning deep purple color.
Garlic varieties are broadly classified into two main categories: hardneck and softneck. The primary difference being that hardneck varieties produce a flower stalk and are often termed "topsetting" or "bolting" varieties.
Softneck garlics are very productive and produce smaller but more numerous cloves per plant. It is the easiest to grow and very adaptable in many climates and soils. The garlic flavor ranges from very mild to very hot.
The Hardneck garlic produces a "woody" flower stalk. The cloves are generally much larger and easier to peel. Garlics of this type have more complex and interesting flavors. Hardneck garlic is most closely related to wild garlic. Flowers, if they are produced, usually abort and form "bulbils" instead.