Romanian Red Garlic (Hardneck)
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Species: Allium sativum - Subspecies: Ophioscorodon -
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A very nice porcelain variety and consistent performer that has passed our trials for the last few years and is now available for sale. Like most porcelains it is a larger bulb variety with typically 5 to 6 good size cloves. Cloves are easy to peel and large thus well suited for the cook. Plants are vigorous and tall with even taller 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.