Bulbs, cloves, and umbels


Deep Purple

Allium Sativum Ophioscorodon

Personality profile: Like a Master of Tai Chi, Deep Purple moves with grace and dignity across the palate, not brute force. Wonderful aromas and deeply satisfying garlicky goodness fills the head and inspires us to take long, spacious breathes, savoring the moment. Extra early to harvest in summer, you'll have the best of garlics to enjoy in late June or early July.

Cloves: Averages 6-8 cloves with gorgeous purple hues and rounded tips.

Bulbils: We're unsure of the bulbil count on this cultivar at this time, but likely similar to that of other Asiatics, which are weakly bolting and therefore unpredictable from season to season.

Growing: Be sure to err on the side of planting Deep Purple LATER in the fall than other garlics since it is a VERY early garlic and will set roots and begin breaking the soil surface before winter sets in if you plant to soon. Figure two weeks or so after you would normally plant. Deep Purple will have fewer leaves than most cultivars, with 5 or 6 being common, and because it is weakly bolting will also commonly fall over before harvest time. Don't worry, you're plant isn't dead!

Harvest: Watch the bulbing progress by digging down on one side of the stem to inspect, and look for browning of the lower leaves. This will be the first garlic out of the ground and onto your table. At 1,600 feet in BC's interior, Deep Purple harvests as early as the 3rd or 4th week in June.

Storage: Since you'll be harvesting this cultivar so early, it may seem that Deep Purple doesn't store well, but it's actually a good keeper. Minimum 5 months and likely longer under good conditions. It's so amazingly delicious that you'll probably want to eat it all sooner rather than later anyway!

Pedigree: Deep Purple was entrusted to the care of Nevin and Shauna Gavigan (Your Local Farmacy) in 2010 by the Bonnemaison family. The Bonnemaisons got Deep Purple from a Chinese fellow in the early nineteen-seventies, but only a few bulbs were passed on to them. They then grew it in the hills of the South Okanagan for over 30 years, before passing it on to their Daughter who continued to grow it for a few years. Less than fifty bulbs were passed down to Nevin and Shauna to keep the strain alive, and they have grown out the stock since 2011 to size it up and increase available bulbs.