Red Janice (Hardneck Garlic)
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Species: Allium sativum Supspecies: Ophioscorodon (Hardneck) Variety: Asiatic Turban
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Red Janice is an Asiatic Turban variety believed to originate in the Republic of Georgia. The bulb wrappers have purple striping which can be quite deep in color, especially on the outer wrappers. This garlic is a bit of a hot one! Typically contains 6 to 8 cloves with blush, pinkish color. Grows well in most climates but known as a weaker bolting hardneck overall. Harvest earlier than most.
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.