Dixon - an Artichoke garlic
- Harvests in early summer - stores into winter.
Dixon is a gardeners favorite because it is an early harvesting , richly flavored light-to medium pungency garlic that has a lot of color and grows almost anywhere. That's a lot to like in a garlic that when properly grown and stored will keep through the winter. After a few months of having no garlic, Dixon gives gardeners an excellent garlic weeks before most other varieties and it is a prolific grower and a good commercial garlic. It matures after the mild Red Toch and before Inchelium Red, which is a little stronger most years. It does seem to tolerate hot spring weather well and stores well also.
Dixon ranks 4-5 on the garlickiness scale and 3-4 on the pungency side. It has a semi-rich flavor and a little bite, but is still on the light side with a mustardy-horseradish-like secondary flavor. Not only is the flavor unique but it also can have very prominent red/purple splotches and stripes on the outer bulb wrappers.
The difference healthy soil and careful handling makes is phenomenal in all garlics. When grown and harvested properly, Dixon is an excellent all- around general use garlic and a good baker. It's a very good growers garlic as it has many large cloves and it stores well under proper conditions.