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Purple Stripe, Marbled Purple Stripe & Glazed Purple Stripe Varieties

Purple Stripe Garlic - Chesnok Red
Purple Stripe garlic - Chesnok Red

 

Purple Stripes have beautiful, elegant bulbs with vividly coloured wrappers and tall, slender cloves. Chesnok Red and Persian Star are classic examples of the Purple Stripe variety. They have 8 to 12 cloves per bulb, are easy to grow, and keep well. If the scape is left on the plant it produces bulbils that are intermediate in number to the Rocamboles and Porcelains and are a mixture of large and small bulbils.

Marbled Purple Stripe and Glazed Purple Stripe have recently been reclassified from sub-varieties of Purple Stripe into varieties in their own right. For more about this see the Garlic Family Tree. Both Marbled and Glazed have fewer, fatter cloves than garlics of the standard Purple Stripe variety. Marbled Purple Stripes have good potential for commercial garlics. Glazed Purple Stripes have delicate wrappers, requiring careful handling and timely harvesting.

Red Russian is a name that is used loosely as many garlics have reddish wrappers and originate from the former USSR. We have five Marbled Purple Stripes which we consider to be typical of the Red Russian type: Khabar, Kostyn's Red Russian, Linda Olesky, Metechi and Wenger's Russian. Khabar has a more slender stalk which makes curing easier. The others with their thicker stalks and often huge bulbs are well suited to sandy soils. Linda Olesky is considerably milder than the other Red Russians.

Purple Stripe, Marbled Purple Stripe & Glazed Purple Stripe Varieties

    

 

 

 

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Garlic Varieties

 
Garlic Family Tree
For more information on the relationships between the garlic varieties see Bob Anderson’s The Garlic Family Tree and Where Garlic Came From from the Gourmet Garlic Gardens website.
   
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Central Siberian - not available in 2017

Central Siberian is a Marbled Purple Stripe that came from the Central Siberian Botanical Gardens via the Plant Introduction Station at Washington State University.

 

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Chesnok Red - Bulbs from 2015 bulbils available now

Chesnok Red is a standard Purple Stripe with a clear, bold flavour in a colourful, eye-catching bulb. Chesnok Red is listed in the Seeds of Diversity Canada catalogue of heritage varieties. Chesnok means garlic in Russian.

2017 limit 10 bulbs maximum per order

2017 medium limit 50 bulbs maximum per order

 

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Duganskij - medium size bulbs only 

Probably a Marbled Purple Stripe. It came to us from L&O Farms. Duganskij is listed in the Seeds of Diversity Canada catalogue of heritage varieties.

2017 limit 10 bulbs medium maximum per order

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Gaia's Joy - sold out for 2017

Gaia's Joy is probably a Marbled Purple Stripe. It has a beautiful energy. It came from Poland via the Plant Introduction Station at Washington State University.

2017 limit 1 bulb maximum per order

2017 limit 1 bulb medium maximum per order

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Gourmet Red - not available in 2017

Gourmet Red came from Oregon via the Plant Introduction Station at Washington State University. Probably a Marbled Purple Stripe.

 

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Khabar - Bulbs from 2015 bulbils available now

This garlic is smooth and mellow with good heat and strength, good raw and baked. A Marbled Purple Stripe from L&O Farms. It has a slender stalk for the size of its bulb and cures easily. We classify it as a Red Russian type.

2017 limit 7 bulbs maximum per order

2017 medium limit 30 bulbs maximum per order

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Kostyn's Red Russian - Bulbs from 2015 bulbils available now

A Marbled Purple Stripe that we received as a present from Gary Swann of Port Alberni. His uncle, Kostyn, had been growing this fine garlic for many decades.

2017 limit 40 bulbs maximum per order

2017 medium limit 30 bulbs maximum per order

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Linda Olesky - Bulbs from 2015 bulbils available now

Linda Olesky is a Marbled Purple Stripe given to us by Bob Klappstein. It is easy to eat raw.

2017 limit 20 bulbs maximum per order

2017 medium limit 20 bulbs maximum per order

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Metechi - Bulbs from 2015 bulbils available now

Metechi is a well known Marbled Purple Stripe. We got fresh stock from Golden Acres Farm in 2011. We classify it as a Red Russian type. It has a clean sharpness and a good flavour.

2017 limit 20 bulbs maximum per order

2017 medium limit 50 bulbs maximum per order

 

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Northern Siberian - sold out for 2017

Northern Siberian is probably a Marbled Purple Stripe. It came to us from L&O Farms.

2017 limit 2 bulbs maximum per order

 

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Persian Star- medium bulbs available

Persian Star is a lovely garlic - fun to grow, an elegant flavour, and beautiful looking. Persian Star is a standard Purple Stripe and is listed in the Seeds of Diversity Canada catalogue of heritage varieties.

2017 limit 7 bulbs maximum per order

2017 medium limit 15 bulbs maximum per order

 

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Purple Glazer - Bulbs from 2015 bulbils available now

Purple Glazer is a Glazed Purple Stripe, originally from the Republic of Georgia. It has fewer cloves and they are not as elongated as the standard Purple Stripe. Purple Glazer is listed in the Seeds of Diversity Canada catalogue of heritage varieties.

2017 limit 2 bulbs mediummaximum per order

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Red Rezan - Bulbs from 2015 bulbils available now

Red Rezan is a vigorous, mid-sized Glazed Purple Stripe that we got from L&O Farms. Red Rezan is listed in the Seeds of Diversity Canada catalogue of heritage varieties.

2017 limit 5 bulbs medium maximum per order

   
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Wenger's Russian - Bulbs from 2015 bulbils available now

Wenger's Russian is a Marbled Purple Stripe - an excellent Red Russian garlic given to us by Bob Klappstein. Nice heat, strength and flavour.

2017 limit 10 bulbs maximum per order

2017 medium limit 30 bulbs maximum per order

 

Note on Flavours
Please take our comments on flavour with a generous pinch of salt. The apparent strength and flavour of a strain of garlic is an individual perception. Different people under the same circumstances can have diametrically opposed views on the palatability and heat of a strain of garlic.

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