Kettle River Giant (Softneck Garlic)
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Species: Allium sativum - Subspecies: Sativum (Softneck) - Variety: Artichoke - Strain: Kettle River Giant - Origin: unk.
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A rare softneck artichoke variety that can get to be very large in the right soil and growing conditions. This softneck garlic has a moderate garlic bite. The bulbs generally contain 10 to 14 cloves with a whitish clove skin and cream colored flesh. Although a softneck that does well in milder climates, it has no problem with cold winters.
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.