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. As humans have migrated over millennia, bringing garlic with them, each variety has history, has a story corresponding with those who planted and replanted it. In breeding new garlics i am want to honor origins yet make new stories, represent old ones or find awe in what is beyond the literal terrestrial life of the farm. So please indulge this garlic breeder some fey descriptions and if you come up with new garlic varieties from your TGS endeavors, i am eager to hear the stories you create for them. True Garlic Seed Progeny is $8 per ¼ lb; $14 per ½ lb; $20 per lb.
Note: As the harvest is completed, the stock assessed, names coined, more varieties will be added to this page. So check back in to see what’s new.
Ainyaxaynia (S11 Azataza/S15 #13) Vibrant purple wrappers tightly enclose 6-9 cloves on medium sized bulbs. A sharp raw heat that doesn’t linger yet tenaciously retains flavor after light sauteing characterizes this fantastic garlic with mysterious origins. Not far from the headwaters of a great terrestrial river is a majestic waterfall of immeasurable height at the base of which is a deep pool below which lies a fathomless tunnel into which an unknown measure of that crystalline water is funneled off somewhere close, yet far away into the diminutive world of Ainyaxaynia. Far from the bucolic mainlands, across the Lilia-Sea lies the Ilse of McGuffin on which time is slow. In Spring shoots thrust from thawing soils and over eons develop into monumental plants commensurate with our most immense skyscrapers. Diamond swirls of rain burst from slivers of sky over millennia spanning seasons onto verdant alliaceous forests, fertilizing these pungent colossi. As rains recede so begins the Season of Senescence in which the sulforest transforms into arid plains and rolling hills spiked with browning towers with withering yet rigid leaves. Explorers from distant lands cross the turbid ocean to harvest bolder sized bulbils which drop from the sky, cratering on impact. Every few eons, a rain of seeds will fall but a few will be carried aloft, abound and afar on autumnal winds. Once, a single seed slipped into a slender sliver of sky and back into our world, settling onto a scrap of soil somewhere in the foothills of the South Cascade Mountains. From this seed of Ainyaxaynia grows a plant with virescent leaves which spike from stout stalks as if striving for heights beyond reach. One of the last to mature the resultant bulbs are radiant in color and potency though not so gargantuan as they would be in their otherworldly place of origin.
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. Of the first generation progeny of Kishlyk, this one has the darkest green, most upright, fibrous leaves. Large bulbs with 8-12 cloves, more symmetrically configured than its parent, it has complex flavor and a good bite without being searingly spicy or bitter. A solid TGS producer, progeny of Anarres is currently being grown out.
Arsia: ❧ (see description on the Porcelain page)
Bei Ilai: From the mythical forest in Jewish mythology where creatures like Keresh, a giant one horned stag and Tigris a gargantuan lion roam, grows this well proportioned protrusion. Not too mild nor too spicy but full of flavor this late maturing garlic is splendid raw whether in pestos, salad dressings or bruschetta. Eight to ten juicy cloves are sheathed by purple blushed wrappers on large bulbs which store six months. Plants are tall with fibrous leaves, the plump umbels are packed with loosely attached bulbils that practically fall out. A profusion of flowers follow and seed yield is high. This is the tenth amongst many 1st gen progeny from W6 27977A.
Ceraunius (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 short and stocky with closer spaced leaves. It’s late to emerge as well to take off but maturity is mid season, like Arsia. 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.
Ozodlik (S13/14 Kish1): ❧ Of several progeny of Kishlyk, the plants of this variety most resemble the parent. It has lighter green leaves that splay out towards maturity which is mid season. It features 7-12 squat light reddish purple cloves enclosed by white wrappers with faint purple streaking. The plants are more vigorous than Kishlyk and it has high yields but does not store as well due to both shorter dormancy and easy peeling cloves. It has bright favor, medium heat with a late, sharp bite that lingers. “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.
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, its globular bulbs bulge 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 in 2010 at farmers 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: (S11 Ivan 1) 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. 1 lb. limit
Navatria (S11 Ivan1/S15 A) Ted Meredith and i retained three lines from the original seeds given to us by Ivan Buddenhagen. One of those, the above listed Navistar, is a distinctive garlic and TGS was collected resulting in a number of progeny. While most were discarded, one shone brightest around that star. This garlic has 6-8 tightly configured cloves on bulbs with more solid and vibrant purple coloration; more resembling a Marbled than its Purple Stripe parent. It’s larger and considerably spicier too but features similar good storage: well into February. It too has yield seed and we eagerly await to see what moon come to revolve around the gas giant Navatria. 4 lb. limit