Umbels, cloves, and bulbs



Allium Sativum Ophioscorodon

Other names: Ontario Giant
Personality profile: Maybe it's just a reaction to being given such a bizarre name, but we feel that Puslinch is a tad passive-aggressive. Creamy beginnings welcome you in and puts you off guard, then a surge of heat dances around your mouth (not overpowering or burning, but warm like a liqueur) for a few moments. Hints of melon and squash round it out and we place Puslinch high on the list of garlic with rich, complex character.

Cloves: 7-8 cloves per bulb with slightly fewer doubles and triples than some Rocamboles.

Bulbils: Puslinch is new for us. We'll report on the bulbils in fall, though it's probably safe to assume that it fairly similar to most other Rocamboles.

Growing: Ditto.

Harvest: Ditto.

Storage: Ditto.

Pedigree: We received our Puslinch from Boundary Farm. The history of Puslinch is a little sketchy but clearly the name derives from the township of Puslinch in southern Ontario. It is sometimes referred to as a "Great Lakes" garlic since Puslinch is nestled between Lake Huron, Lake Erie and Lake Ontario.