Bulbs, cloves, and umbels



Allium Sativum Ophioscorodon

Personality profile: Meeting Maiskij is like meeting a loved one we thought we'd never see again, the aromas dancing through our head like an afternoon spent high in an alpine field full of daisies and all manner of floral explosions. There's also a fresh snap when bitten into that's akin to water chestnut. Maiskij is a hidden hero, the Clark Kent of garlic who makes us believe and relax and trust that there are no ulterior motives behind the pure goodness of what we are experiencing. Relax, delight... savor.

Cloves: A new variety for us and so we have not yet accumulated bulb and growing records. Refer to our Turban page to review the general characteristics of the group that this garlic belongs to.

Bulbils: The horticultural group derives its name from the turban shaped umbel, which contain small to medium sized bulbils. Figure on about 40-60 usable bulbils and discard the smaller ones.

Growing: Early to emerge, early to harvest, Turbans will be your first garlic of the season. The plant itself is rather weak looking, with generous leaf spacing and flimsy pseudostems that may just refuse to hold the plant up even while still growing, but don't be discouraged. The scapes don't fully curl but since you don't really need to remove them to promote bulbing you can just leave them on if you like. Mr. Meredith writes, "A Thai restaurant I once frequented used large quantities of barely chopped garlic in some of their dishes, so that garlic was not only a flavoring but also a vegetable. I often use Turban in this way in spicy cuisines."

Harvest: Earliest.

Storage: Turbans have the shortest storage period of all, even shorter than Rocamboles. Expect 3-5 months but consider eating your turbans first.

Pedigree: Came to us from Bertie van der Mark of Lumby, BC in 2013 who obtained it from Maple Bay Farm (Duncan, BC) in 2005. Maple Bay originally purchased their stock from Filaree Farm (then managed by Ron Engeland) in Washington State. Filaree first got Maiskij from J. Swenson who brought it back from the Ashkabad bazaar in Turkmenistan.