New Mountain Garlic: a flavour for every season

We cultivate the following groups of garlic

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Artichoke 

Season: early
Flavour Profile: mild when raw and uncured. It is great in dips and salad dressings for this reason. Heat increases with age and curing. 10-12 cloves/bulb

This is a type of softneck garlic that has a long storage life and has been known to produce large bulbs.  It gets its name due to the formation of cloves that resemble the way an artichoke has layers.  It is suitable for braiding, but make sure you harvest it while the tops are still green. If you wait too long to harvest, the skins covering the bulb in the ground will begin to decay.  It does not produce scapes, which if you are growing a lot can be a good thing if you don’t have the time or a market for taking the scapes off.  

Varietals we grow:

  • Inchelium Red
  • Susanville
  • Kettle River Giant

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Glazed Purple Stripe

Season: early

Flavour Profile: full bodied flavour with approximately 8-10 distinct cloves per bulb.

This hardneck is an early maturing and impressive group of garlic due to its bold and vibrant purple colour with what appears to be a glaze or silver sheen and their tall stature as they grow in your field or garden.  They have thin papers covering their cloves and thus perform well when curing during more humid climatic conditions.  They tend to mature just a little bit before the standard purple stripe.  

Varietals we grow:

  • Purple Glazer

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Marbled Purple Stripe

Season: mid-season

Flavour Profile: averaging 5-7 large cloves, this hardneck garlic packs a spicy punch when eaten raw, but when cooked it has a sweet and nutty flavour.

Similar to the Glazed in that it grows tall and has impressive colouring, but it is a little later than its closely related cousin to mature.  The bulbs are known for getting large and having thick, easy to peel skins that store quite well.  

Varietals we grow:

  • Kostyn’s Russian Red
  • Purple Russian

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Porcelain

Season: mid-season

Flavour Profile: with the strongest, hot and long lasting flavour, 4-8 cloves/bulb, they are a popular family, with lots of varietal options. Big, juicy double loop scapes! So get ready to pickle and pesto your heart out. 

This group of hardneck garlics has one of the best storage capabilities ranging from 6-8 months.  The colours range from a creamy white to lightly tan with the occasional subtle blushing of pink.  They are beautiful both in the field with their remarkable tall stature and cured in your drying shed. 

Varietals we grow:

  • Yugoslav
  • Susan Delefield
  • Fish Lake #3
  • Majestic
  • Great Northern
  • Apple*
  • Ray’s Special*

*These are varieties that grow really well, but the variety is unknown.  We have been growing it out for several years because it always performs so well. They are some of our largest and most impressive bulbs.

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Standard Purple Stripe

Season: mid-late season

Flavour ProfileOne of the sweetest varieties to bake, you will think someone added honey to it! A most important addition to any charcuterie board. 8-10 cloves per bulb.

One of the oldest known horticultural groups in the garlic family, it is a must have in your garlic collection!  It is said that all known true garlic varieties root back to this particular group of garlic.  This group of garlic has been cultivated for thousands of years and its descendants came to be as it spread through the ages in Asia and then Europe.  This is one of our favourites because it has pretty much everything you want in a garlic: stores really well, high number of cloves per bulb, reliable and consistent and a beauty with a nice strong flavour.

Varietals we grow:

  • Chesnok Red

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Rocambole

Season: mid-late season

Flavour Profile: The heat of this group varies widely between varieties, but is never overbearing.  Best tasting in our books with a buttery consistency when baked. Scapes come out later on this variety and tend to be straight. On average it has about 8-10 cloves/ bulb, but they are not always uniform. 

A hardneck garlic that has a relatively short storage life, due to its thick easy to peel skins.  This isn’t the best variety to grow in our West coast climate, because it prefers a colder winter and less moisture.  We have it in our collection, because it has a most rich and complex flavour profile that you can’t forget.  For this reason it is often sought after by gourmet chefs.

Varietals we grow:

  • German Red
  • Spanish Roja
  • Czech

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Turban

Season: early

Flavour Profile: The heat profile in this group of garlic is high. So for those that enjoy a good kick in the pants then this is the one for you.  It is also the earliest to maturity, which makes it a fantastic choice for garlic lovers that just can’t wait.

A weakly bolting hardneck, the scape is often straight with little to no curve.  Turbans usually have 5-7 plump cloves that form around a center that may or may not have a scape, but all of the varieties we grow do.  The umbel of most Turban garlics looks like a turban, squat and hat-like.  

Varietals we grow:

  • Deep Purple
  • Thai Fire

We are certified organic by the BC Association of Regenerative Agriculture (BCARA) Certification Number: 03-92-038