Typical Glazed Purple Stripe: Umbels, cloves, and bulbs

Glazed Purple Stripe

Allium Sativum Ophioscorodon

Glazed Purple Stripe, contrary to what our intuition tells us, is not a direct subgroup of Purple Stripe, at least no more so than any other horticultural group. Glazed Purple Stripe was first proposed as a group unto itself by author of Growing Great Garlic, Ron Engeland, who observed that this cultivar seemed to exhibit unique growing characteristics. Engeland used the bulb appearance as the primary means of distinguishing Glazed Purple Stripes from other groups, which has led to quite a bit of confusion and skepticism among horticulturalists. Fortunately there was a scientific study conducted at Fort Collins which examined the genetic structure of many strains of garlic and, indeed, the study found that Glazed Purple Stripes formed their own unique cluster, distinct enough from other groups to warrant giving them their own name.

Flavor: We haven't yet had the pleasure of tasting our one and only Glazed Purple Stripe yet, but look forward to letting you know what we discover as soon as we harvest in 2014.

Physical Attributes: Ted Jordan Meredith writes, "The name Glazed Purple Stripe is a good descriptor. The bulb wrappers have a glazed, matte metallic appearance and are silvery purple with occasional gold tones. The clove skins are smooth and shiny with a purple blush over a tannish background. We are in need of additional phenotypic descriptors to supplement the tenuous bulb and clove color descriptors that currently largely define the group." There are approximately 8-10 cloves per bulb

Growing Characteristics: Again, we'll let you know what we find after harvest in 2014.

A new cultivar for us in 2014, so supplies will be limited. We haven't yet assessed it's flavor and growing characteristics personally, but all reports are that Glazed Purple Stripes are among the most beautiful of bulbs.