Allium Sativum Ophioscorodon
Italian Porcelain is a very fitting name for this cultivar, which is actually Music renamed as such by some folk in the southern Kootenay region of BC. Beauty as only a Porcelain can exhibit, and that exquisite flavor brought to the Americas by Al Music back in the late 1900's.
Italian Porcelain - Seed Garlic & Umbels
Cloves: 4-6 depending on size of the bulb.
Bulbils: Typical of Porcelains, bulbils numbering in the 100-200 range. 3 to 5 years from bulbil to full sized bulb.
Growing: A good choice for gardeners and farmers since it is both popular (having originally come from the ever popular Music stock) and a good Porcelain representative. Slender, regal leaves and a well curled scape. Scape removal is recommended to achieve good bulbing..
Harvest: Mid-season harvest. The wrappers are pretty sturdy on Porcelains and so the bulbs can stand waiting a bit longer before harvesting, maybe when 50 - 65% of the leaves are browning. Always dig down and inspect the bulbs to make sure they're doing well and use your own judgement.
Storage: Porcelains are a good storing garlic. Expect 8-9 months.
Pedigree: Somewhere in the hills and valleys of southeast BC, finally making its way into the hands of Red Lion Organic Farm in Salmo and then to us.