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Standard Purple Stripe Group
Late Season| Med Storing | 8-12 cloves
The Godfather: The easy peeling garlic from which all other garlic groups originate ... best of all this wild one's the sweetest
Standard Purple Stripe garlic grows best in cold climates with cold winters. It is considered the most closely related to the original wild garlic, from which all other garlic originated, before being classified into the ten garlic groups now recognised. This garlic group produces several tan coloured cloves and typically has a purple hue on its bulb wrapper. It grows best in a cool to cold winter climate.
Standard Purple Stripe is a strongly-bolting hardneck type meaning it sends up a flower scape with a solid stem which is not braidable. This garlic is considered to have a great all round taste that is rich, spicy, strong - a fusion of different flavours.
Clove & Bulb Appearance
The bulb is normally a round shape, generally it is white with purple hues on its wrapper (skin) which contains between 8-12 cloves. The cloves 'hug' the pseudostem. The bulbs have a single layer of cloves.
Generally all cloves of a standard-sized bulb are of a size suitable for planting. The cloves are smaller than many hardneck garlics and have a long crescent shape, angular edges and a long tail/tip. The clove skin is a dull tan colour with a purple blush. The cloves are easy peeling.
The easy peeling nature of this garlic makes them ideal in the kitchen, while they have a medium storage life of around 7-9 months after harvest.
Standard purple stripe is a hardneck garlic which sends out a scape (flower stalk) particularly in colder climates. They typically produce a large amount (80-140) of small cream to pink coloured bulbils.
Leaves & Scapes
Standard Purple Stripe garlic has a wide, floppy tipped green-yellow leaf. Scapes normally form as a 3/4 loop with a wide green-yellow umbel. The juvenile garlic leaf is unusual in that it splays sideways laying flat to the soil. Some growers label their early growing form as being a bit 'alien' like.
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