Grey Duck Garlic
Jane’s German Red: Heirloom Charmer
This garlic has a cult following due to its unique taste. Susan is currently 'overhauling' our heirloom garlic to select for less double cloves and wrapper-less cloves. Since this is Jane's favor garlic Susan had to assure her that we were saving enough to plant. Some people can't live without their daily dose of German Red so we are offering a limited amount of German Red for sale in our specials.
Availability: Specials or bulbs by special request.
Culinary Qualities: An old world variety with a full flavored velvety taste. This golden garlic adds a deep aromatic flavor to stews, winter vegetables, roasts and wild game. German Red has a complex and unique flavor that stands out in a dish without overwhelming other flavors. Try roasting this garlic and you will not be disappointed. Check out our garlic recipes for German Red.
Special Attributes: A true connoisseur’s garlic, this heirloom variety was obtained from an old Idaho homestead where it had been grown for over 100 years. Jane has been carefully cultivating it for the last few years and it is her favorite garlic. Cloves have a hard loose wrapper that makes them super easy to peel. The peel often comes loose from the clove. German Red tends to have more double cloves than other garlics. Since double cloves are great to eat, but poor to plant, we are trying to select for more single cloves in a bulb.
Growing Considerations: German Red has smaller cloves with a very distinct look that marks them as special. The bulbs can grow very large if given optimal growing conditions. German Red loves well drained soil enriched with organic matter and manure; the more you add the bigger your yield.
This is our fussiest garlic about waterlogged soil. It requires very well drained soil or the cloves will rot and/or the garlic bulbs will not keep well after curing.
German Red prefers cold winters. We do not recommend this garlic (or any other garlics in the Rocambole family) for Southern climates. Other garlic growers have had difficulty growing Rocamboles in the South.
Cloves: 40-45 large cloves/lb. or 45-55 medium cloves/lb. Clove wrappers have a tendency to split. The bulbs contain 10-12 golden brown cloves. These numbers are approximate and will vary slightly.
Type: This hardneck garlic is in the Rocambole family.
Get your ducks in a row with Grey Duck Garlic!
Copyright © 2007-2013 Grey Duck Garlic, llc.