Porcelain garlics produce 3 to 6 exceptionally large and fat cloves enclosed in a smooth white wrapper. They store longer than Rocamboles but not as long as Purple Stripes, lasting for 4 to 5 months.
Porcelains are suited to climates with severe winters and thus are a solid constituent of most Canadian garlic crops. They grow tall impressive plants with dark green leaves. The bulb size of Porcelain garlics is impacted by scape removal to a greater degree than with other garlic cultivars. Umbel capsules contain hundreds of minute bulbils. Because of the small number of cloves per bulb they are generally more expensive to produce as more of a crop must be held back from use or sales for seed for the next year’s crop.
Porcelains are a good choice for cooking when a distinctive garlic flavour is desired and when a large quantity of garlic is needed as one must only peel a few of the huge cloves. However, they are not a recommended choice for baking as this method of preparation produces a starchy and unpalatable result in most varieties. They are more sulfurous in flavour due to having notably higher yields of allicin, the compound associated with garlic’s health benefits.
Bulkley Valley Select
Bulkley Valley Select is a spicy porcelain that came to us from Robin Hawes in Smithers BC.
A very popular porcelain said to be originally collected in 1985 at Cichisdzhvari in Republic of Georgia. Mild and flavourful. Vigorous plant with good yields. Long storing.
From Eureka Garlic, this variety is one year into its prairie adaptation. We’re still getting to know its characteristics and flavour profile.
Good strength, flavour, size and vigour. One of the hotter Porcelains. Known for its adaptability to all growing conditions.
A fairly hot garlic, it is a very impressive plant producing tall dark green foliage and bulbs with 4-5 huge cloves. Tolerant of wet growing conditions.
Bulbs and bulbils available. A clean sharp Porcelain garlic with lasting flavour. Great addition when grated raw into salad dressings.
Our on-line shopping cart has been activated for garlic seed sales. As we are actively inventorying this year’s crop, availability of stock and varieties will continue to be updated as our work progresses ~ please check periodically!
Our seed bulbs sizes are as follows:
Medium Bulbs: 1.75>2” diameter
Regular Bulbs: 2”+ diameter
Teeny Tiny Ten-Pack: 10 bulbs 1.5>1.75” diameter, of a single variety or a mix of 3 types, our choice.
Teeny Tiny Ten-Pack: combo
A tasters-pack of three different garlic varieties. Bulbs are 1.5”>1.75”, a wonderful way to introduce some new faces to your collection!