Artichoke garlics are braid-able softneck plants that produce a large number of cloves per bulb (12 to 24 cloves) and form large bulbs quite easily. They are more difficult to peel than some as clove skins are tight. However, the well-adhered clove skins contribute to their notable storability of about 6 to 9 months. As a group, Artichokes tend to have a less rich flavour than most hardneck varieties. Some varieties are very tasty and palatable with mild high-tone flavours while others are described as being simplistic and vegetative in flavour. They share many flavour qualities with Silverskin varieties without the overly sulfurous tones.
Artichokes are most suited to climates with warmer winters. In climates with cold winters, artichoke cultivars produce bulbils in the lower part of the stalk or less commonly, in the flower umbel. Our artichoke varieties took longer than our hardneck varieties to acclimatize to our prairie climate.
Artichokes are among the first garlics to mature, second only to TURBANS. Carefully monitor your crop for the early signs that the first leaves are drying down for best harvest timing.
While we will still be growing Artichoke garlics for culinary use and lovely kitchen braids, we are phasing them out of our seed garlic inventory in favour of varieties that perform more consistently in our Zone 2b climate.
Teeny Tiny Twelve Pack
Snoetic Farm's exclusive teeny tiny twelve packs allow gardeners and garlic aficionados to try three varieties of a class, for a very inexpensive price: twelve dollars! The bulbs are 1.5 to 1.75 inches ("small"). You will get four bulbs of each of three varieties, sorted clearly.