Spanish Roja (Hardneck Garlic)
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Species: Allium sativum - Subspecies: Ophioscorodon (Hardneck Garlic)
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One of the classic Rocambole varieties. Large bulbs with 7 to 10 cloves. Stores for several months in a cool, dry, dark location. Outer wrappers off-white with a tinge of purple. A true garlic flavor and one that we like to roast on the BBQ.
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.