This is NOT your grocery store garlic...
In the allium sativam family, there are two sub-species: Softneck and Hardneck. Softneck garlic grows well in warmer climates, whereas Hardneck grows well in Northern climates. The origins of garlic are found in the mountainous regions of Central Asia. Here on Raven Ranch, we choose to solely grow the Hardneck species such as Rocamboles, Porcelains, and Purple Stripe. Our ranch is situated at an elevation of 3000 feet. We have cold and snowy winters and hot dry summers; these elements provide optimum growing conditions similar to the plant's origins.
A Porcelain variety that comes from an Armenian village, Hadrut Karabach, near the Azerbaijan border. The skin has parchment like thickness, and the bulb is very symmetrical often with 4-6 cloves. It has bold flavor when consumed raw. The Armenian variety also keeps its full-bodied intensity after cooking. It is long-storing.
A Marbled Purple Stripe variety that has origins in Denmark, prior to coming to the U.S. It has the potential for 3 inch bulbs given the right attention and care. A typical bulb has 4-7 cloves. A mild, flavorful variety without overpowering heat. It is long-storing under the right conditions.
A Porcelain variety that has origins in the Republic of Gerogia, the former Soviet Union. A typical bulb has 4-6 large cloves. It is hot when eaten raw; strong flavor, great for salsas. It is long-storing under the right conditions.
Sometimes called Northern White. This is a large, beautiful white Porcelain bulb, with inner wrappers that have a blush color. It can produce 2.5-3 inch bulbs with a little care. A typical bulb has 5-6 large, dense cloves. It has a rich garlic flavor and is on the hot side when eaten raw. Under ideal conditions, it will store for 8-9 months.
A Rocambole variety which is believed to have arrived in the U.S. along with German immigrants. A typical bulb has 7-10 cloves. The outer wrappers have a purple color, while the inner cloves are dark brown with thick skins. It is an early summer harvest with rich garlic flavor that is lasting. It does not store long, so elect to use this first in your culinary cuisine.
A Porcelain variety which came to the U.S. from Italy. It has the potential for large, beautiful bulbs. A typical bulb has 4-6 large cloves. The cloves have a beautiful blush tint and are easy to peel. It is a mid-summer harvest and stores 6-8 months in the right conditions.
A Marbled Purple Stripe variety. It is an heirloom garlic with origins in the Polish community of Stevens Point, WI. We obtained our seed from Keene Organics in Sun Prairie, WI. A typical bulb with 6-8 cloves, the bulbs have beautiful purple stripes and cloves with deep color. It is hot when raw but cooks to a mild, lasting garlic flavor. It has a medium to long storage life.
A Porcelain variety. Originating from Romania then British Columbia. It is a large and beautiful bulb with blush tint in the outer wrappers. A typical bulb has 4-6 large, dense cloves. It has a hot, robust flavor. It is a good producer and long storing, often into spring.
A Purple Stripe variety. Living up to its name, bulbs can easily grow to 3 inches in diameter with the right care and attention. A typical bulb has 5-7 large cloves. The outer wrappers have a beautiful purple color. It has more of a mild flavor and does well when roasted.