Romanian Red

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Species: Allium sativum var. ophioscorodon

Days to Maturity: Usually late July harvest

Grown by: Greenside Farm

Porcelain Hardneck type. Brought to British Columbia from Romania. It is a popular cultivar for being one of the more hardy and colorful Porcelains. It also has one of the highest percentages of allicin of any type of garlic. Allicin produces a sulfur-containing compound that helps lower cholesteral, reduce elevated blood glucose, and acts as a natural antibiotic as well as cancer preventative properties. Very good storage.
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    Harvest Details

    Harvest scapes (or the flower stalk) of garlic when it loops around. You can follow the stalk to the base of the plant and pull. Different varieties will be ready to harvest at different times. I know to harvest garlic when 1/3 of the plant’s leaves are dead – so if the garlic has 9 leaves if the bottom three have turned brown. Then to cure, wipe off all large dirt chunks and hang upside down or on a screen with fans blowing on it for 2-3 weeks. Then, clean heads by clipping roots and taking off outer layer. You don’t want to take too many layers of leaves off, to more you leave on the longer it can store. Store in a cool, dark environment. If stored properly, hardneck garlic will store up to June of the following year.

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