PURPLE STRIPE garlics are ancestral to all other domesticated strains according to the Ft. Collins study. Initial leaf growth is epigeal: sprawling leaves stretched out lazily over the soil. Eventually they reach for the sun with slender, paler leaves. They have white bulb wrappers with 8-12 vividly colored, tall, crescent shaped cloves with elongated tips. They store moderately well but readily sprout when treated to high humidity. Many cultivars are fertile and capable of producing true seed. One pound of Purple Stripe will yield 50-60 cloves, though this is variable. Purple Stripes are $8 per ¼ lb; $14 per ½ lb; $20 per lb.
Novo Troitzk (W6 26171) ❧ Procured at a market in the city of Aktöbe in NW Kazakhstan and grown in the surrounding country side. The has become the highest yielding Purple Stripe we’ve grown. It has a rich spicy flavor raw but quite sweet when baked. 5 lb. limit
Shatili (W6 35683) This variety is from the now mostly depopulated, the highland village of Shatili on the Georgian border with Chechnya on the northern slope of the Caucasus Mtns. It was home to ethnic Khevsurs and Kists and best known for its impressive stone fortresses and towers. It was also a conduit for Chechen refugees fleeing Russian bombardments during the wars in the 1990s and early 2000s. 2 lb. limit
Shvelisi (W6 35657) ❧ From the village of Shvelisi in western Republic of Georgia near the Turkish border. Consistently productive, it has a rich flavor, excellent raw and sweet roasted. Inner wrapper and cloves are fuchsia colored. It more commonly known by the ironic moniker “Chesnok Red.” “Chesnok” is the Russian (and related languages) word for garlic. If the 2008 Russian invasion of Georgia is indicative of the less than harmonious relationship between the two countries, they have even less in common linguistically. In Georgian the word for garlic is “niori”. Bulk available.
Verchnyava Mcara (PI 540356) ❧ White wrappers with vibrant reddish clove coloration and complex flavor characterize this cultivar from Abkhazia. Located in the NW of the Republic of Georgia, Abkhazia seceded after a war for independence in the early 90s, expelling over 100,000 Georgians (mainly ethnic Svans and Mingrelians) in the process. While Georgia still claims this territory as its own; independent Abkhazia was recognized by Russia (as well as Nicaragua, Nauru and Venezuela) after another round of warfare in ’08. The Abkhaz language is distinct from Georgian and is considered part of the “North Caucasian language group.” It has only two distinctive vowels but fifty-eight consonants. Verchnyava Mcara is from a village near the Black Sea coast, north of the capital, Sukhum. 5 lb. limit