PORCELAIN garlic originates in the Caucasus Mountain range, which stretches between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea, near the western edge of the Silk Road which was a primary distribution point. From there, garlic was taken south, into the Middle East, or northwest, into Europe. The plants are tall with broad leaves, the scapes form wider loops rather than coils. The bulbs have white wrappers with 4-7 very large tannish red cloves, producing 30-40 cloves per pound. They mature late, are quite pungent and will store 6-8 months. According to the Ft. Collins genetic fingerprinting study, most Porcelains tested are identical. These include well known varieties like Music, Georgian Crystal, Georgian Fire, German Porcelain, etc. Variety trials here in SW Oregon with a dozen or so varieties over successive seasons largely confirms those findings. Porcelains seem more susceptible to viral pressure than other types and varieties that have declined have been regularly discontinued. Fortunately, some of them are capable of sexual reproduction and new clones grown out from true seed show greatly increased vigor. These seed grown cultivars will also introduce much needed diversity to this limited gene pool Porcelains are $8 per ¼ lb; $14 per ½ lb; $20 per lb.
Hadrut is from the southern tip of the Armenian enclave of Nagorny-Karabakh (“nagorny” means mountainous), an unrecognized independent republic within the boundaries of Azerbaijan. A rise in Armenian nationalist sentiment in the late 1980s eventually led to conflict over this territory after the collapse of the Soviet Union. What began as low level strife escalated into a war which cost tens of thousands of lives and displaced hundreds of thousands of Armenians and Azerbaijanis. While the Armenians ostensibly won control over Karabakh, the conflict remains frozen, unresolved and the threat of war, ever present. This garlic came named “Armenian” but has been grown by both ethnicities, and i’m sure it still is. In the Armenian language garlic is “skhtor”; and in Azeri, a Turkik language, it’s “sarimsaq” 1 lb. limit sold out for 2017
Krasnodar White: ❧ consistently productive year after year, the plant is noticeably taller than other Porcelains and most other garlic cultivars; it’s peppery and sulfurous raw, nutty and starchy when roasted. The garlic was acquired in the city of Krasnodar which lies in the southwest of Russia near the Black Sea. Founded at the end if the 18th century as a military outpost for Russian expansion into the Caucasus, by the Kuban Cossacks who acted as imperial foot soldiers that carried out the mass ethnic cleansing of the region’s now former inhabitants: the Circassians. Also in the Krasnodar Province is the southern city of Sochi, better known as the site of the 2014 Winter Olympics and under which lie the mass graves of the Circassian people. Bulk available.
Arsia: ❧ This is the first generation progeny of Krasnodar White. It is named the southernmost volcano in the equatorial Tharsis Mountain Range. Arsia Mons stands twelve miles high two hundred seventy miles in diameter. Sumptuously sulfurous, it expresses all the characteristics of a Porcelain garlic with white wrappers sheathing reddish, long cloves. Of the first generation progeny of Krasnodar White, this was the most stable and best keeping. It is also producer of true seed and in seasons to come, some of its offspring will be on offer.
Tazatazat: ❧ This is the progeny of Azataza (a variety named out of a penchant for palindromes), Tazatazat which 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 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 2017. Like its parent, Tazatazat is eye wateringly hot. It is a prolific seed producer with a high germination rate and many of its progeny are being grown out for trial. 1 lb. limit sold out for 2017