Rose de Lautrec
Rose de Lautrec
Typical Creole: umbels and bulbs

Creole

Allium Sativum Ophioscorodon

Creole used to be lumped together into one category with other weakly bolting hardnecks (Asiatic and Turban) but like the other two have since been discovered through DNA testing to be a unique category of their own. Brought to the Americas from Spain by Conquistadors in the 1500's, these cultivars do best in warmer climates, like Texas, Louisiana, Mexico and the South of France.

There is a region in France near Toulouse called Lautrec (ever hear of Toulouse Lautrec?) which is famous for its pink garlic. The people there are extremely proud of their Creole garlic and they've named it Rose de Lautrec. Actually Rose de Lautrec is not a specific cultivar, but rather any of at least three different Creole cultivars that have been grown within a 320 hectare designated area. Rose de Lautrec is a copyrighted name and only that garlic officially recognized by the council of growers as having met the strict conditions under which it is to be grown and processed may use the name Rose de Lautrec... legally (we sell a cultivar originating from Lautrec and explain more on our Rose de Lautrec page).

So, why all the fuss? Creole garlics have a uniqueness of character (see "Tongue" below) that is unparalleled in the world of alliums. They are difficult to grow where it is cold and at Rasa Creek Farm we're experimenting to see if we can produce decent sized bulbs in the cold of the North Okanagan. We'll see, and so will you.

Tongue: Regrettably, we've not yet had the chance to personally confirm the wondrous tales we've heard of the deep, muskiness of Creole cultivars. We only had two bulbs to plant and managed to restrain ourselves from eating our inventory. That leaves us with hearsay, which is all glowing and positive. Mild pungency (heat) coupled with out of this world flavor have made these cultivars a prize winner the world over.

Garden: Again, no first hand experience with Creoles yet. We may be too far north to have success with them, but sometimes its hard to tell just what conditions will be optimal. They typically mature early and have anywhere from 6 to 12 cloves, depending on the cultivar. Medium sized bulbils (70-100 per umbel).
 

Rose de Lautrec