Northern Quebec
Umbels, bulbils, cloves, and bulbs


Northern Quebec

Allium Sativum Ophioscorodon

Personality profile: This cultivar is like an immigrant fisherman from the Maritime Provinces, one who longed for the bounty of the Pacific. "A garlic that smells like fish!?" Not just fish, but hickory smoked salmon. When freshly harvested and held to the nose in a bunch, Northern Quebec will astound, confound and inspire deep inhalations. Fresh out of the smokehouse, Northern Quebec is hotter than most.

Cloves: Averages 4-5 large cloves per bulb. While the outer wrappers are brilliant white (hence the name Porcelain) the clove skins often tend toward purple, though they can be white as well.

Bulbils: Porcelains have the smallest of all bulbils, numbering in the hundreds per umbel. Select the largest 50% and plant those if you want good results. Harvest the resultant rounds at the same time as you harvest the bulbs.

Growing: Strong growing Porcelain in a wide range of climates and conditions, making it a good choice for gardeners and farmers. Slender, regal leaves and a well curled scape. Scape removal is recommended to achieve good bulbing. Be attentive to soil moisture levels but Northern Quebec has a greater tolerance for wet and dry than most Porcelains.

Harvest: Mid-season harvest. The wrappers are pretty sturdy on Porcelains and so the bulbs can stand waiting a bit longer before harvesting, maybe when 50 - 65% of the leaves are browning. Always dig down and inspect the bulbs to make sure they're doing well and use your own judgement. .

Storage: Curing Northern Quebec properly requires a bit more attention than other Porcelains since this cultivar tends to mold more easily than most. Good ventilation during this phase is a must, preferably in a warm open space with a fan blowing over it. You could also move your Northern Quebec to a dehumidified room with fans if the weather is uncooperative. As with other Porcelains, Northern Quebec is a good storing garlic. Expect 8-9 months.

Pedigree: Came to us via Boundary Garlic.