Umbels, cloves, and bulbs



Allium Sativum Ophioscorodon

Personality profile: A long, long time ago, in a land far, far away there was a fair woman from central China who loved two things above all else... open skies and the hot, gorgeous garlic she grew. This dear lady set her sights on San Francisco and dared to cross international borders with this garlic secreted in the silken purse tucked beneath her arm. No one knows the fate of this brave soul, but her garlic, named after the region from which she came, lives on as a favorite of thousands.

Cloves: Averages 8 medium sized cloves per bulb that are slender and attractively arrayed in a single ring around the scape core. Wonderful purple blotching on the outer wrappers and pink or earth tone on the clove itself.

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.