Marbled Purple Striped Garlic, Vekak
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GLAZED PURPLE STRIPE GARLIC, Vekak – Allium sativum var. sativum
FULL SUN 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. Glazed Purple Stripe, Vekak came from garlic collector, Boris Andrst’s Czech collection. It is an outstanding garlic with flavor much more intense than Red Rezan or Purple Glazer. Sauteeing tends to intensify this flavor.
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.
|Type||Spacing||Planting Depth||Days to Germination||Maturity|
|Hardneck||4-6 in.||1-2 in.||14-21+||180-270|
The Striped Garlics, hardnecks, are so named because of the striking purple stripes and blotches on the clove skins and bulb wrappers. These are the most beautiful of all the garlic varieties and they also have outstanding flavor. Glazed Purple Striped varieties mature earlier than standard Striped varieties and are shinier. Both varieties have 8-12 cloves per bulb. Marbled Purple Stripe varieties have mottled bulb wrappers and large cloves, usually 4-7 cloves per bulb
Glazed Purple Stripe, Vekak came from garlic collector, Boris Andrst’s Czech collection. It is an outstanding garlic with flavor much more intense than Red Rezan or Purple Glazer. Sauteeing tends to intensify this flavor.
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