NEW! Turban Garlic, Red Janice – 4 oz

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NEW! TURBAN GARLIC, Red Janice
Allium Sativum

FULL SUN Turbans are so named because of the shape of their flower head which forms at the end of the ‘scape’ they produce. The Turban plants do not look very robust. The stems are short, and the leaves are spaced far apart giving the plant a straggly appearance. It is not unusual for the stems to bend at the soil level and topple over as harvest time approaches.

The word best associated with Turbans is earliest. These garlics should be the first to be harvested, sometimes 3-4 weeks before the other garlics. Harvesting should take place as soon as the top two leaves begin to turn. They also have the shortest storage capability, but they are the first to sprout in the spring. Just as last year’s garlic harvest is being depleted, the Turbans arrive to quench your appetite for fresh garlic.

The Turbans are often quite beautiful with bulb wrappers heavily streaked with purple. The cloves (8-12 per bulb) are wrapped in buff colored or burgundy colored wrappers. Turbans are cold hardy, but also do well in warmer climates. Their flavor is quite hot when raw, but the heat is lost when the garlic is cooked.

Red Janice was collected in 1983 at an elevation of 460 feet at Narazeni, a village about 20 miles from the Black Sea in the Republic of Georgia. It matures slightly later than most Turbans and is a better storer than most Turbans. The cloves are exceptionally fragrant and when baked are slightly sweet and a little spicy. Unlike most garlic, the flavor of Red Janice starts hot when raw, but continues to build.

NEW! Turban Garlic, Red Janice

Native to south-central Asia, garlic was probably domesticated from a single variety, Allium longicuspis, thousands of years ago. Today the plant is grown on every continent except Antarctica.

Garlic, which is a member of the same group of plants as the onion, has been cultivated for millennia. As a cultivated plant, it is so old that it is difficult to credit a country of origin for this vegetable. All modern garlic belongs to one of two subspecies: hardneck (ophioscorodon) or softneck (sativum). Hardneck subspecies try to produce flower stalks with small aerial cloves called bulbils. Hardnecks will not produce large bulbs underground unless the flower stalks are removed. There are three varieties of hardneck garlic: Purple Striped, Porcelain and Rocambole. Softnecks have lost the ability, for the most part, to produce a flower stalk. However, under certain climatic situations, the bulbs may try to produce a flower stalk known as bolting. There are three varieties of softneck garlic: Artichoke, Silverskin and Creole.

Turbans are so named because of the shape of their flower head which forms at the end of the ‘scape’ they produce. The Turban plants do not look very robust. The stems are short, and the leaves are spaced far apart giving the plant a straggly appearance. It is not unusual for the stems to bend at the soil level and topple over as harvest time approaches.

The word best associated with Turbans is earliest. These garlics should be the first to be harvested, sometimes 3-4 weeks before the other garlics. Harvesting should take place as soon as the top two leaves begin to turn. They also have the shortest storage capability, but they are the first to sprout in the spring. Just as last year’s garlic harvest is being depleted, the Turbans arrive to quench your appetite for fresh garlic.

The Turbans are often quite beautiful with bulb wrappers heavily streaked with purple. The cloves (8-12 per bulb) are wrapped in buff colored or burgundy colored wrappers. Turbans are cold hardy, but also do well in warmer climates. Their flavor is quite hot when raw, but the heat is lost when the garlic is cooked.

Red Janice was collected in 1983 at an elevation of 460 feet at Narazeni, a village about 20 miles from the Black Sea in the Republic of Georgia. It matures slightly later than most Turbans and is a better storer than most Turbans. The cloves are exceptionally fragrant and when baked are slightly sweet and a little spicy. Unlike most garlic, the flavor of Red Janice starts hot when raw, but continues to build.

Garlic is best when planted in the fall, but can be planted in the spring as soon as the ground can be worked. If planting in the fall, plant 30 days before the ground freezes and mulch with straw or alfalfa hay if possible. Garlic must have some exposure to cold for several weeks or it will not bulb. Amend the soil with potash and phosphate before planting. Plant the cloves 1-2 in. deep and 4-6 in. apart in rows separated by 12-18 in.

Harvest in mid-summer when 2/3 of the stalk has turned brown or yellow. Dig the bulbs from the soil with stalks attached. Cure in a dry, shaded area with lots of air circulation for 4-6 weeks. Stalks can then be removed from the bulbs.

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