Siberian (Hardneck Garlic)
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Species: Allium sativum - Subspecies: Ophioscorodon (Hardneck Garlic) Variety: Purple Stripe
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Siberian garlic is one of the classic Purple Stripe varieties. Bulbs can get very large depending on your soil conditions. A super cold weather hardy strain. Typically 5 to 7 cloves but they are large so fewer of them. Larger cloves are easier to peel and work with in the kitchen. Taste for this one is hot. Another great one for roasting as all the large clove hardneck varieties are.
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.