Music (Hardneck Garlic)
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Species: Allium sativum - Subspecies: Ophioscorodon - Variety: Porcelain - Origin: Germany
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A very consistent performer here in the Midwest with large bulbs and typically 4 to 6 cloves with a pinkish blush to the skin. Mildly hot, easy to peel. Plants are vigorous and tall with large scapes.
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.