Saltspring Extra Early
Umbels and bulbs


Saltspring Extra Early

Allium Sativum Ophioscorodon

Personality profile: When you step into a room full of strangers and see those one pair of eyes that smile back, welcoming you in and melting the fear and hesitation in your gait; that's kindness of spirit. Saltspring is like a lightly tossed summer salad with croutons, or the breeze on a tropical isle. It makes you smile and find solace, perhaps even on a bad day. Not too hot, well rounded, nutty flavors and head filling aromas.

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 Maggadean Farm in 2005.ple Bay Farm (Duncan, BC) in 2005. Maple Bay originally purchased their stock from Filaree Farm (then managed by Ron Engeland) in Washington State.