Chesnok Red
Umbels and bulbs


Chesnok Red

Purple Stripe
Allium Sativum Ophioscorodon

Accession Number: ALL 790, K 6811
Other names: Shvelisi
Personality profile: A true Purple Stripe; in other words... ancient in character, leaving one with the impression of having stepped back thousands of years to a time when the spirit of garlic had not yet met man. The body says YES to its incredible healing properties. Read the garlic chapter from 10 Essential Herbs to learn the many ways you can make optimal use of Chesnok Red once you have some.

Cloves: Typically averages 8-10 cloves that are slender and well formed with striking purple streaks, although occasionally bulbs may also exhibit "Porcelainish" behavior, having only 4 to 6 large cloves.

Bulbils: 100 or so small bulbils per umbel that grow to marble sized rounds the first year and larger rounds or small cloved bulbs in the second. At least 3 to 4 years to mature bulb size.

Growing: Late emergence and late harvest. The plant structure itself is a bit smaller than what we find with Porcelains and Marbled Purple Stripes, but like a small and powerful boxer, Chesnok Red comes out of its corner with determination and vigor.

Harvest: We've noticed that Chesnok Red harvests a little later in the season. Watch for the tell-tale sign of browning in the lower leaves.

Storage: Stores longer than Rocamboles (what doesn't?) but not so long as Porcelains and Artichokes. Expect 5-6 months, but we've experienced it storing past 7 months under the right conditions.

Pedigree: Originally from the Republic of Georgia, it was brought to the West from a small village named Shvelisi in 1985. Chesnok Red has produced true seed in formal trials (when provoked to do so by removing the bulbils from the umbel just as the bulbils are beginning to form) which is of great interest to those wanting to experiment with creating new cultivars through traditional breeding methods. We received our Chesnok Red from Boundary Garlic.