Porcelains are statuesque plants reaching up to 7 ft. tall. Leaves are thick and broad with a sturdy scape. Bulbs are large and typically all-white, hence the name, “Porcelain”; purple or copper streaking may appear depending on growing conditions and cultivar.
Porcelains are the largest garlic plants and have the largest cloves. Bulbs consist of 4 to 7 large, fat cloves. Porcelain scapes curl and coil before straightening. The scape must be cut to prevent the bulb size from suffering as the plant’s energies are directed away from the bulb.
Porcelain cultivars available: Music and Norquay
Rocamboles are among the most widely known and grown hardneck garlic. They are revered as the finest-tasting garlic of all. The best types have a rich deep, complex flavour palate. They’re also sweet and spicy, when eaten raw.
Rocamboles cloves are generally plump and numerous; tan to brown in colour with some purple and red tones. Its scape is the most distinctive, curling more tightly- as much as three times before straightening out.
Rocambole cultivars available: Legacy, Vitlok, and Kuduk
Purple Stripes have bite! Richly garlicky, without being overly sulfurous, if you know what I mean. Not the sweetest, but has lots of character! Many regard Purple Stripes as the tastiest and best garlics for roasting.
Purple Stripe get their name for the vivid purple colouration and striping on the bulb and clove skins. Cloves are more numerous and thus somewhat smaller; cresent-shaped with an elongated tip.
Purple Stripe cultivars available: Jachlo and Black Sea
Marbled Purple Stripe cultivars available: Svea
CALIFORNIA ELEPHANT GARLIC
Big – Bigger – Bigger yet – and Biggest bulbs are not garlic bulk a leek. On average 5 cloves per head from what we bring in from California. Definitely a milder taste profile, which has been associated with roasting forever. Many of these bulbs grow 4 inch across in size. What we sell here of the California Elephant Garlic averages around 2 heads per pound!
ONTARIO ELEPHANT GARLIC
The elephant that we grow from the California see has some monster bulbs too for sure. The clove configuration of ours has on average 8 cloves per head. Same mild profile and the clove size actually proves to be an advantage is terms of portion use. Let your elephant garlic cure for at least a month before chowing down, it seems gain flavour as opposed to bitter taste.