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Silverskin Garlics Table of Contents
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[ An overview of Silverskin garlics ] [ Baja Morado ] [ Locati ] [ Mexican Red Silver ] [ Mild French ] [ Mother of Pearl ]

[ Nootka Rose ] [ Rose du Var ] [ S and H Silverskin ] [ Silver Rose ] [ Silverwhite ]

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Welcome to our Online Catalog.
Five ways to buy from the growers in our Farmers Market:

1. - If you know the name of the garlic you want to buy,
click here look it up in an alphabetical listing and click on the name of the one you want.
or
2. - If you don't know the name of the garlic you want to buy,
click here look it up in a list sorted by mild, medium and hot/strong
and click on the name of one that sounds good to you.
or
3. - If you just want a sampler assortment
click here buy a sampler assortment of several varieties.
and click on the name of one that sounds good to you.
or
4. - Click here to go to our farmers market and click on the picture
of a grower you feel good about and buy from them.
or
5.- Call Bob at (325) 348-3049

Order now for fall shipment.


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Overview of Silverskin Garlics

Silverskin garlics are in a class by themselves, literally, and in several ways; they are the last garlics to mature each season and they store the longest. There is also a great range of tastes, pungency and onset of pungency, clove color, leaf color and size as well as time of maturity. No other garlics braid better than Silverskins. Silverskins are great garlics for all the reasons outlined above but also because they will grow well in most of the USA, what's not to like?

Silverskin garlics are usually, but not always, the ones that you see in braids. Silverskins are generally the longest storing of all garlics and have a soft pliable neck that lends itself to braiding and holds up over time better than the artichokes whose necks tend to deteriorate earlier than the silverskins.

They are usually very richly flavored in garlickiness and anywhere from mild to hot in pungency. S & H Silverskin, for example, has a musky, earthy garlickiness with very little bite when eaten raw, whereas Locati can be fiery hot some years. Silverwhite also has a richness to it and seems almost mellow for 15 to 20 seconds and then you experience an intense heat rush that lasts for about 30 to 45 seconds. Nootka Rose has that same richness but with only a medium heat. I have been amazed at the variation in tastes and flavors I have found in Silverskins.

Among Silverskins, the more they have in common, the more different they become. All are different.

The last couple of years I have been growing some Silverskins as an experiment and noticed that in the rows where they were growing all the beds looked different because every cultivar of the Silverskins had a noticably different color and shade of green as well as larger and smaller leaf sizes and much difference in date of maturity with Nootka Rose being the last to fully mature, in late July/early August. That means it survived some heat. So much variety, yet they're all Silverskins. There are more variations of more kinds among Silverskins than any other variety I know of, with the possible exception of the Creoles, once thought to be part of the Silverskin family but now known to be a seperate group unto themselves.

Silverskins don't all mature at the same time, just like the Artichokes, There's as much as a month difference between cultivars with Mother of Pearl being the earliest harvesting and Mild French and S & H following. Silverwhite was the next to the last and Nootka Rose was the last to be harvested and well worth the wait.

Their bulb wrappers are very white although the clove covers can be strikingly beautiful as in the case of Nootka Rose or Rose du Var.

Silverskins have more cloves per bulb, on the average, than the artichokes and some, like Mexican Red Silver have a lot of tiny cloves while others, like S & H and Silverwhite have almost all large cloves with very few small ones - again they're all different. Small cloves can be smashed and added to soups or they can be planted with the intent of growing green garlics - like green onions. Small cloves can be pickled. Small cloves are good cloves.

There's a lot to be said for a garlic that can store 10 months or more at room temperature when all other varieties are only distant memories and a faint smile. It's not uncommon for Silverskins to still be firm and good the following year when the early harvesting varieties of garlic are ready to dig and if you grow both early harvesting like Red Toch or Chet's Italian Red, you may never run out of good garlic.

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Baja Morado

New! - Click here for Spring bulbs and braids of Baja Morado in May-
Organic Volcanic garlic from Baja - every year's earliest harvest. - NEW!

Every year, Ben Ronniger and Kelly Cott, who grow garlic in northern Idaho near the Canadian border drive south all the way to southern Baja California to escape the winter and to help a little village grow and harvest and braid their crop of Organic Baja Morado garlic grown in volcanic soil. They purchase enough to fill their bus This provides a valuable cash crop for the village and an economic opportunity for Ben and Kelly to bring some of it home at a time when fresh garlic is otherwise non-existant. Everybody wins.

Get some really excellent long storing Silverskin garlics at a time when there isn't any fresh garlic anywhere else. Harvested at their peak and cured properly for long storage and carefully packed in the Little Red Bus that could for home in Idaho up near the Canadian border, where they grow Porcelain hardnecks.

Baja Morado is an interesting garlic that was at first thought to be a long storing Creole but upon detailed examination turned out to be an even longer storing Silverskin that has a nice pleasant garlickiness with some pungency. I got a braid last May and hung it in our kitchen and it is still firm in mid February, nine months later and feels like it will be good for another few months and we may get a year total storage out of i and that's impressive.

Baja Morado is more pungent than Burgundy but not nearly as pungent as Ajo Rojo. It has a pungency rating of about 5 on a scale of 10 and a garlickiness rating of about 6. It is a good garlicky garlic without being offensively hot. For those who like a garlic with a flavor that will wake you up but not bite you.

- Buy bulk bulbs and braids direct from Organic Volcanic Garlic in Idaho and save.

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Locati Picture of a Locati Silverskin garlic. Fair for Warm Winter Areas, but doubtful in warm, dry years.

Sorry, no Locati this year.

Harvests late summer - stores through spring if well grown.

Locati is a silverskin (softneck braider) originally from Milan, Italy. Typical of silverskins, the bulb wrappers are very white and moderately thick but flake off easily when peeling. The cream colored clove covers have a rosy blush to them and protect long thin graceful looking cloves that are rather warm in taste, hotter than the average artichoke but nowhere near as hot as the Chinese varieties. The backs of the clove covers are tannish with a satiny purplish haze to them. The bulbs are definitely smaller in size than artichokes, but that is typical of silverskins and their inverted heart shape makes them ideal for braiding, especially since they store clean and healthy for a very long time.

Locati garlics average 11 to 12 plantable cloves per bulb, fewer than most silverskins, but they make up for it by not having a lot of tiny inner cloves. They seem to be well adapted to planting almost anywhere and the uniform size of the outer cloves make them very attractive, especially for braiding. Silverskins are the last garlics to mature and harvest and are generally the longest storing garlics so you can have good garlic to eat long after most other varieties have deteriorated or gone back into the ground. Don't let the smaller size of silverskins deter you as experts have long known that the smaller ones often store better and taste better than many of the larger ones.What good are large garlics if they have deteriorated and the smaller ones are still firm and delicious? You might want to buy a few of these to eat when your stockpile of other kinds have been depleted and you can't get good garlic at your local supermarket.

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None of the growers in our farmers market currently have this cultivar for sale. If you grow this cultivar organically and wish to sell it in our online farmers market, please email me.bob@web-access.net

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Mexican Red Silver Picture of a Silverskin garlic. -- Sorry, Not Available this year.--

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None of the growers in our farmers market currently have this cultivar for sale. If you grow this cultivar organically and wish to sell it in our online farmers market, please email me.bob@web-access.net

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Mild French

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Mild French came from Porter and Sons Nursery in Stephenville, Texas who grew it and sold it through their catalog for years so it has a history of having been successfully grown in moderate winter areas. This is likely the fabled "Texas White" that no one has seen for decades. Porter and Sons are gone now and I decided to bring their garlic back to Texas and my test crop of it grew well and I harvested some nice large clean healthy bulbs so I am encouraging others to grow this excellent long storing garlic.

As with many silverskins its bulb wrappers are thick and creamy white. The cloves; however, are a beautiful mahogony color with elongated tips. Bulbs can become large for a silverskin and contain 15 or more cloves.

Mild French makes an excellent braider and has a taste as bold as its looks. It has the full flavored musky character typical of Silverskins yet with only moderate pungency (hotness) during the fall and full flavored in the winter but as time passes it gets hotter so that in the spring it is quite hot and strong.

Silverskins are the last garlics to mature and be harvested (July to August even in the south) and Mild French is one of the first Silverskins to be harvested. Growing late harvesting, long storing silverskins as well as early harvesting, shorter storing Artichokes, Asiatics or Turbans may mean you never run out of good garlic. It should grow well over most of the south but probably "iffy" along the gulf coast.

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None of the growers in our farmers market currently have this cultivar for sale. If you grow this cultivar organically and wish to sell it in our online farmers market, please email me.bob@web-access.net


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Mother of Pearl Picture of Silverskin garlic. -- Sorry, Not Available this year.--

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None of the growers in our farmers market currently have this cultivar for sale. If you grow this cultivar organically and wish to sell it in our online farmers market, please email me.bob@web-access.net


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Nootka Rose

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Grows well in most of the country but marginal in Warmest Winter Areas.

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Nootka Rose is a magnificent old heirloom silverskin from Washington state but its origin prior to that is unclear As with many silverskins its bulb wrappers are thick and creamy white. The cloves; however, are a beautiful deep mahogony color with red streaks and almost solid red elongated tips. Bulbs can become large for a silverskin and contain 15 to 20 or more cloves. Clove colors can become a little more subdued when grown in rich garden-type soils.

It makes an excellent braider and you can strip off the bulb wrappers down to the cloves and use its burgundy-on-rosewood appearance as an attractive table centerpiece for that special occasion.This very imperial looking garlic has a taste as bold as its looks. It has the full flavored character typical of silverskins and its parchment-like bulb wrappers are easy to peel.

Nootka Rose is just about always the last garlic to mature and be harvested and is often, if not usually, the longest storing garlic of all.

Because it is a long storing variety, you might want to grow some and save them for the time when your other varieties have already sprouted and are no longer in an ideal eating condition. It's worth having this one just for its decorative possibilities, even if you don't eat much garlic.


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Order Nootka Rose from these growers now for shipping in the fall.


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harvested garlic bulbs hanging in a barn.

Jesse Paider, School Lane Farm
E775 JJ Road
Luxemburg, WI 54217
(920) 845-2727
laurenouradnik@gmail.com
schoolLaneFarm.com

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of gourmet garlic organically?
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Rose du Var Picture of Silverskin garlic. -- Sorry, Not Available this year.--

Harvests late season - stores 8-10 months.

A long storing silverskin from France, Rose du Var is a bold and beautiful garlic. Its luxuriantly thick bulb wrappers are milky white and easy to peel. Peeling reveals cloves that are creamy colored with reddish-purple streaks with a full red blush near the elongated tips and between cloves. The backsides of the cloves are very red. The cloves are very satiny and the visual impression is of raspberries and cream, but the taste belies this impression. There are several layers of cloves and they all seem to be big as there are no small inner cloves - a chef's delight. If grown well, it should make a very nice braider as it is visually attractive, long storing and full flavored.

The taste is typically silverskin - strong and long. If you want the bold taste of real French garlic in your recipes for continental cuisine, try this European pearl. Bulbs will average eight to twelve cloves per bulb and they grow and store clean.

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None of the growers in our farmers market currently have this cultivar for sale. If you grow this cultivar organically and wish to sell it in our online farmers market, please email me.bob@web-access.net

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S and H Silverskin

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- Grows well over most of the USA from up North to the warm winter areas but marginal along the gulf coast and So. Cal. -

Harvests in late summer - stores through spring.

I have only recently discovered the S & H Silverskin and already I treasure it. Superlatives are the order of the day. The bulbs are large and firm and the outer bulb wrappers are thick and white but one discovers their true inner beauty as the white wrappers give way to a rosy hue as the cranberries in cream-colored clove covers become visible. They taste as good as they look.

Wow! The taste is magnificent - Rich and musky in garlickiness, yet mild in pungency. Long on flavor and short on burn. If you want the bold taste of real garlic in your recipes, try this wonderful long storing cultivar. Bulbs will average eight to twelve large cloves per bulb with very few small cloves, unlike some Silverskins. While the taste is mellow for a few months after harvest, the longer it stores, the hotter it becomes when raw.

Originally grown at S & H Organic Acres, it is a wonderful very long storing garlic for braids or just storing through the winter and still being good the following Spring. S & H Silverskins are very late harvesting, very long storing garlics. They have several clove layers and wrapper layers; that's what makes them so long storing.


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Silver Rose

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- Grows well over most of the USA from up North to the warm winter areas but marginal along the gulf coast and So. Cal. -

Harvests in late summer - stores through spring.

I have only recently discovered silver Rose and already I love it. The bulbs are large and firm and the outer bulb wrappers are thick and white but one discovers their true inner beauty as the white wrappers give way to a rosy hue as the clove covers become visible. They taste as good as they look.

Wow! The taste is magnificent - Rich and musky in garlickiness, yet mild in pungency. Long on flavor and short on burn. If you want the bold taste of real garlic in your recipes, try this wonderful long storing cultivar. Bulbs will average eight to twelve large cloves per bulb with very few small cloves, unlike some Silverskins. While the taste is mellow for a few months after harvest, the longer it stores, the hotter it becomes when raw.

Silverskins are very late harvesting, very long storing garlics. They have several clove layers and wrapper layers; that's what makes them so long storing.


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Buy Silver Rose from these growers now for immediate shipping.


Picture of  
the Jess Paider family of School Lane Farm Farm Picture of 
harvested garlic bulbs hanging in a barn.

Jesse Paider, School Lane Farm
E775 JJ Road
Luxemburg, WI 54217
(920) 845-2727
laurenouradnik@gmail.com
schoolLaneFarm.com

Do you grow large, clean bulbs
of gourmet garlic organically?
E-Mail bob to see if you qualify
for our market.

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Silverwhite

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- Grows well over most of the USA from up North to the warm winter areas but marginal along the gulf coast and So. Cal. -


As with many silverskins its bulb wrappers are thick and creamy white. The cloves; however, are a beautiful mahogony color with elongated tips. Bulbs can become large for a silverskin and contain 15 to 20 or more cloves.

It makes an excellent braider and you can strip off the bulb wrappers down to the cloves and use its burgundy-on-rosewood appearance as an attractive table centerpiece for that special occasion.This very imperial looking garlic has a taste as bold as its looks. It has the full flavored musky character typical of silverskins but with only a moderate bite early in their storage life but the bite increases the longer they set so that by the end of the following spring they can become quite hot.

They are the next to the last Silverskin to be harvested so they store even longer than most of the other long storing Silverskins.

Because it is a long storing variety, you might want to grow some and save them for the time when your other varieties have already sprouted and are no longer in an ideal eating condition. It's worth having this one just for its decorative possibilities, even if you don't eat much garlic.


Sorry, all sold out of Silverwhite at the moment.

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- The information below is from gourmetgarlicgardens.com -
Please read.



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Important notes for credit/debit card users:

This Farmers market is like your local farmers market. Each grower handles their own financial transactions.

When using your credit/debit card to buy direct from different growers, a separate order is required for each grower. You may buy as many different kinds of garlic as you want from any grower on any order but each grower requires a separate credit card transaction so that S & H charges may be properly calculated. If you want to order garlic from more than one grower, a separate payment must be made to each grower because they are independant businesses in different places.

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Disclaimer

Each grower/vendor is responsible for their own garlic and prompt shipping to the buyer. Gourmet Garlic Gardens is not responsible for any garlic sent directly from any grower/vendor to any buyer Gourmet Garlic Gardens' total liability from all causes is limited to refunding any monies the buyer has paid directly to Gourmet Garlic Gardens.

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Prices and availability of garlic subject to change without notice.

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How Our Garlics are Grown

All the garlic for sale in our online farmers market was grown without the use of petrochemical pesticides, herbicides, or fertilizers; only natural and non-toxic fertilizers and pest control methods are used.

Some of our growers are Certified Organic and some are Certified Naturally Grown, which we regard as equal to Certified Organic in every meaningful way but without all the bureaucratic entanglements. All our farmers market growers grow organically and some are Certified Organic but not all want to be certified Organic because of the paperwork and reporting requirements and are among the best available sources of sustainable/ organic Garlic and they become Certified Naturally Grown, where the regulation comes from their fellow members rather than a federal bureacracy.

We do not allow growers who use synthetic petroleum-based fertilizers, pesticides, fungicides or herbicides to participate in our farmers market.

All garlic in our farmers market is grown in North America, no others allowed.
This farmers market is strictly for small-scale North American market gardeners/growers who live and grow sustainably.


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We will be adding and deleting and changing the status of varieties often as our growers sell out of some and add more varieties so check back regularly to see what we currently list as available.
If you don't see what you want, check back again, we may have it later - we receive news about what's available from our growers continually. Or, E-Mail bob@web-access.net

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- Garlic Books, Etc. -

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The Marriage of Mushrooms and Garlic

is the newest book about garlic and it is well-written and reads easy as the authors
have a warm friendly writing style that makes it fun to read and has some wonderful recipes.





Click here to read our review of The Marriage of Mushrooms and Garlic

by Chester Aaron and Malcolm Clark



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New - The Complete Book of Garlic is the best, most comprehensive book yet about garlic.

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Click here to read our review of The Complete Book of Garlic
by Ted Jordan Meredith

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The Classic Commercial Garlic Growers Guide

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Click here to read our review of Growing Great Garlic
by Ron Engeland


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A Miscellany of Garlic

is the newest book about garlic and it is well-written and reads easy as the author has a warm friendly writing style that makes it fun to read.



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Click here to read our review of A Miscellany of Garlic

by Trina Clickner



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If you don't see what you want, E-Mail bob@web-access.net

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Disclaimer

We make no guarantees or warranties of any kind whatsoever, expressed or implied, with respect to our garlic or the garlic sold by any growers who sell their garlic through our website. We do not guarantee or warrant the fitness, suitability or usability of our garlic for any particular purpose. We state only that the varieties we and the growers who sell through our website ship are to the best of our knowledge, the varieties we say they are. Any and all liability from all causes is limited to a refund of a customer's payment for the garlic in question.

We and the growers who sell through our website take great care to grow, harvest, cure and store our garlic properly and we will not knowingly ship garlic that is damaged, defective or diseased in any way we can see, feel or smell. We pack the garlic so as to minimize any probability of damage in shipment. If; however, you receive garlic that goes bad within 30 days, please call or e-mail the grower immediately stating the problem and return the defective garlic to the grower via Priority US Mail and the grower will either replace it at no additional charge, or refund your money for the defective garlic. It is our desire to provide our customers with the best garlic we can produce and enhance our reputation for excellence - but we cannot be held responsible for what happens after the garlic leaves our care.

All products are for sale to United States addresses only. We are not familiar with import-export laws and do not wish to engage in foreign trade at this time.


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Garlic Books, Garlic Accessories and Gardening Tools, Etc.


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Bob Phillips' Texas Country Reporter did a story on me and the garlic for their long running TV program -
click here to see the 6:28 video on youtube:

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Bob Anderson
Garlicmeister, a self-inflicted title for amusement only.
Photo courtesy of Bill Yeates.


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If you would like to communicate with us, please send email to:
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