TRUE SEED PROGENY It can take two seasons to go from seed 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 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 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. Available in 2018
Arsia: ❧ (see description on the Porcelain page)
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 8-12 squat light purple cloves enclosed by white wrappers with purple streaking. It has bright favor, medium heat with a late 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. 1 lb. limit sold out for 2017
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 ❧ (see description on the Porcelain page)
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 which he passed along to Ted Meredith along with the comparatively paltry sum of seeds he had collected that year from his own meager efforts. It was unknown whether umbels came from one or several varieties or how many generations out these seeds were but the resulting material expressed considerable diversity and fertility. Two parent lines were retained and further generations are being propagated. In the seasons to come, more of these will be offered here along with our own selections.
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. 1 lb. limit