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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.