Italian Purple Hardneck Garlic
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A rare rocambole-type hardneck garlic. 6-8 plump cloves in beautiful purple wrappers, easy to peel. Spicy aromatic flavor.
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(Allium Sativum var. ophioscorodon)
Italian Purple garlic is an heirloom Rocambole hardneck garlic. A rare gourmet class of garlics, Rocabole varieties develop a single row of cloves around a central hard stalk, which will send up a "scape" (topsetting bulb) a few weeks before maturity. They grow best in moderate climates with genuine winter weather. The scape, which is also a culinary delicacy, should be immediately removed to ensure more growth for the underground bulb.
This garlic is notable for it's beauty; each of its plump creamy cloves is wrapped in a rose or purple-colored wrapper which is quite easy to peel. The outer wrappers are pale with rose or purple stripes.
Italian purple has a spicy, aromatic flavor with complex sweet undertones. It is delicious both raw and cooked.
|Flowers:||top-setting bulb, or scape|
|Foliage:||deep green foliage, somewhat shorter than some rocamboles.|
|Lifecycle:||1 (0: N/A, 1: annual, 2: perennial, 3: biennial)|
|USDA Zones:||3 to 9|
|Soil:||Rich soil with a pH of 6-7|
|Propagation / Germination:||PLant in fertile well-drained soil around the time of first frost (typically mid to late October). Space each clove about 6 inches apart, and about 2 inches deep. For best results mulch HEAVILY with straw, so that the garlic will not defrost and refreeze repeatedly (this could lead to rot) - and to ensure balanced moisture supply. Weed regularly. Remove scape while still tender, when it comes up (usually early June).|
|Water:||regular moisture, not too much damp. An inch of water during bulb formation in June.|
|Pests and Diseases:||Occasionally susceptible to rot if left in soggy soil.|