Chinook
Chinook
Typical Turban: umbels and bulbs

Turban

Allium Sativum Ophioscorodon

As is common in botany, where the reason we name a species can be quite linear and simple, the umbel of most Turban garlics looks like a turban, squat and hat-like. They are renown as being the first up in the spring and the first to begin sprouting in the fall, making them a good choice for those who want to spread out their harvest and enjoy some fresh garlic before the rest of the varieties are ready.

Many Turbans have exotic oriental names since this is where they predominate. Chengdu, Lotus, Maiskij, Shandong, Xian... see what we mean? They like their food hot in the orient, which is probably why these cultivars rule. Turbans can be at the top of the heat scale and offer an eye popping experience for garlic lovers.

Tongue: As said, Turbans can be very hot, although not always so. Otherwise our understanding is that the flavor characteristics are usually not very complex. We've not explored Turbans beyond our own cultivar, Chinook, as yet and so rely on the reporting of others at this point.

Garden: Since Turbans are what's called "Weakly Bolting," their psuedostem is fairly flacid. They also mature more quickly than almost any other garlic and give little indication that they are ready for harvest other than quickly going brown and falling over, which means it's too late to catch them before the bulb wrapper is beginning to deteriorate. Watch closely and harvest as soon as bulbing has occurred, at the first hint of leaf browning. Bulbs can be large and cloves average 6 to 10 per bulb. Turbans do well in hot and dry climates.
 

China Rose
Beautiful bulbs with purple veins and powerful taste. China Rose has both the fragrance and the looks of its name.
 
Chinook
Fresh and crispy, full of mid range flavors and a warm heat. We'll have more Chinook in 2014 than any other Turban, so this is the one for you if you're interested in ordering more than just one or two.
 
Deep Purple
Extra early to harvest and the most gorgeous purple bulbs you've ever seen. Aromatic, well rounded character. Every gardener and garlic farmer's dream of an ideal bulb. 
 
Filipino
A classic Turban with beautiful purple veins and early production in the season.
 
Maiskij
Maiskij

Aromatic nearly to the point of being floral, but obviously not in a "sweet" way. There a snappy, water chestnut character hidden in there somewhere too. A wonderful representative of the Turban family.
 
Saltspring Extra Early
Saltspring Extra Early

Lite and invigorating like a Romaine lettuce, warm and kindling like a gourmet mustard. Came to us from the generous garden of Bertie van der Mark of Lumby in 2013, so there will be limited quantities in 2014.
 
Thai
Thai

Came to us from Bertie van der Mark of Lumby in 2013. Heat builds slowly but strongly. Hot for a Turban with beautiful bulbs that are on the larger side for a Turban.
 
Xian
Xian

A hot one with taste that lingers. A beautiful Turban obtained from Bertie van der Mark of Lumby.