TRUE GARLIC SEED PROGENY It can take two seasons to go from True Garlic Seed (TGS) to bulb and then several years to propagate a bulb’s worth of cloves into a planting large enough to list here. Thus, these offerings have been asexually propagated for several seasons since they germinated from true seed. Since this process began, dozens of new clones with interesting traits have been produced. These are trialed over a few seasons, selected for vigor, unique characteristics, stability and several other traits. The best are propagated and made available as enough stock is grown out. True Garlic Seed Progeny is $8 per ¼ lb; $14 per ½ lb; $20 per lb.
Anarres ❧ (S13 Kish1) Named for the fictional planet in Ursula LeGuin’s The Dispossessed, this garlic is vigorous enough to survive in difficult conditions with less than fertile soil. Amongst the first generation progeny of Kishlyk, this one has the darkest green, most upright, fibrous leaves. Large bulbs with 8-12 cloves it has complex flavor and a good bite without being searingly spicy or bitter. An ample supply of TGS was collected from Anarres in 2017 for further propagation.
Arsia: ❧ (see description on the Porcelain page)
S10 K3 (Arsia) S14/15 B This is one of three progeny of Arsia as well as 2nd gen progeny of Krasnodar White. The plants are shorter than Arsia but maturity is about the same. It clove count is higher, differing from its Porcelain parentage. Loose clove skins enable easy peeling as well as limited storage. The flavor is significantly different from its progenitors with only a mild bite rather than a sulfurous punch and its sweeter, more like a Rocambole. Only a small amount is available this year and a name will be devised soon. 1 lb. limit
S10 K1-S13 B ❧ The descendants of Krasnodar White were named in order of vigor: K1-K4. The most robust, K1 was impressive: immense plants yielded bulbs up to 4” in diameter. This was an interesting lesson as it turned out that after a few seasons, it showed signs of instability and brooming became common. While it was a prolific seed producer, it was unknown how much brooming tendency would be conveyed to the next generation. After several seasons in trial, 2017 showed minor brooming but the 2018 season will determine this K1 progeny’s mettle. A Porcelain, it does yield large white wrapped bulbs with 6-8 red streaked cloves. A bright flavored initial bite builds to an eye watering crescendo: this is a very hot garlic indeed! Orders for this will be accepted but understand that if brooming is extensive, it will be withdrawn and substituted for. If it performs this season as well as it tastes, it will be officially named.
Ozodlik (S13/14 Kish1): ❧ Of several progeny of Kishlyk, the plants of this variety most resemble the parent with lighter green leaves that splay out in mid season. It features 7-12 squat light reddish purple cloves enclosed by white wrappers with faint purple streaking. It has bright favor, medium heat with a late, sharp bite that lingers. It is easy to peel and thus moderate storage. “Ozodlik” means liberty in Uzbek and this garlic is dedicated to the defenders of human rights in one of the world’s most repressive states. Members of the Human Rights Alliance of Uzbekistan, among others, have been subject to assaults, detention and worse. The work of brave and indefatigable activists like Elena Urlaeva who persevere, decrying modern slavery, corruption and mass murder in the face of dictatorship deserves attention and respect. Ozodlyk produced an abundance of TGS in 2017. 3 lb. limit
Pavonis: ❧ Of the four 1st generation progeny of Krasnodar White, this was the least vigorous but actually the most exciting. It clearly expresses outcrossing, possibly with a Marbled strain. The cloves are more squat than Porcelains and have a darker red hue. The plants are shorter with a lateral leaf architecture. Unlike Porcelains, the flavor is less sulfurous and more complex than Porcelains but still packs a raw kick. It is named for the Pavonis Mons, the smallest of the three Mars volcanos comprising the Tharsis Montes, its peak towering at nearly 46,000 feet above the Martian surface.
Tazatazat: ❧ This is the progeny of Azataza (a variety named out of a penchant for palindromes), Tazatazat surpassed its parent in terms of vigor and size. An immense Porcelain that one might mistake for a cudgel rather than garlic plant when harvested. The plants are visibly different from other Porcelains with more, closely spaced leaves and darker color. While it doesn’t broom, it does tend to produce a disproportionate number of immense rounds. This instability, which didn’t express until its third season of cultivation, may lead to its discontinuation but will be offered in limited quantities for 2018. Like its parent, Tazatazat is eye wateringly hot. It is a prolific producer of TGS with a high germination rate and its plentiful progeny have expressed considerable diversity. It will take a few seasons of trialing to have enough stock of these to offer here and to select for optimal traits. Furthermore, seed has been collected from this population of second generation progeny which will be propagated in the coming season. 1 lb. limit
Yuggoth ❧ (S13/14 Kish 2/B 67) From beyond the solar system, somewhere between the Kuiper belt and the Oort cloud is the strange, enigmatic trans-Neptunian object Yuggoth where this tumid protuberance was found thriving in miasmal soil between an enormous pit of unfathomable depth and a megalithic, trapezohedronic, cyclopean tower. It teems with convoluted, sweet yet acidulous flavor that enlivens even the Old Ones and may have been brought here by Nyarlathotep. When crushed it exudes a mordant ichor said to be Cxaxukluth’s favorite seasoning rub for roasting meat, though in Mi-Go cuisine it is heaped raw upon noodles. Slow to emerge, it’s glaucous, tentacular leaves stretch epigeally across lugubrious earth and almost reluctantly slither toward the tenebrous light of spring. A spawn of Kishlyk, it expresses Purple Stripe with gleaming, violet, squamous cloves.
Dr. Ivan Buddenhagen is renowned as one of the worlds foremost experts on bananas but in the late 90s took up experimenting with growing garlic to true seed. This hobby has resulted in a number of new clones. He and his wife Evelyn retired to Southern Oregon and one day at farmer’s market he gifted Avram with a bag of umbels. Avram passed that on to Ted Meredith along with the comparatively paltry sum of TGS collected that year from his own meager efforts. It was unknown whether those umbels came from one or several varieties or how many generations out these seeds were but the resulting material expressed considerable diversity and fertility. Three parent lines were retained and stemming from them, further generations are being propagated. After the 2018 harvest a few more may be offered pending evaluation of quality and yield.
Navistar: ❧ This is the first offering stemming from Ivan’s seeds. It appears Purple Stripe, having 8-12 elongated cloves with fine purple stripes though less vibrant blushing on the inner layers than other cultivars within this group. Excellent sharp flavor with a late hot bite. Tight bulbs with very good storage. Progeny of Navistar are currently in trial for and will be available when there’s sufficient quantity. 1 lb. limit