There are six kinds of hardneck garlic, known for their scapes and having four to 10 large, boldly flavored cloves.
Softnecks set 12–20 small, mellower cloves and have a six- to nine-month shelf life.
You’ll get big flavor from the Asiatic hardneck even if you don’t snip the scape.
‘ SPANISH ROJA’
The rock star of gourmet garlics, this Rocambole has easy-peeling, rich-flavor cloves.
Named for its crimson wrapper, this Purple Stripe is
excellent for baking.
‘GEORGIAN F I RE ’
Go ahead and put it in a
salsa. Even raw, this Porcelain variety’s compact
bulbs taste hot, not bitter.
The Rocambole hardneck has fiery-sweet garlic flavor
and gorgeous scapes.
The Brazil nut-size cloves of
this Porcelain variety turn starchy sweet when cooked. Choose it for cold climates.
‘ I NCHELIUM RED’
The king of softnecks, this bulgy Artichoke variety
grows in all climates.
‘ S I LVER WHITE ’
This Silverskin softneck
variety can handle cold winters, hot summers,