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Heirloom Garlic Seed

Chesnok Red


Chesnok Red is a purple Stripe and was collected in 1995 from Schvelisi Achakiche Province in Souther George USSR. Chesnok Red is listed in the Seeds of Diversity Canada catalogue of heritage varieties.



Flavour and Uses

Chesnok Red is a full flavored garlic with a mellow aftertaste that sticks around nicely for a while. Best baking garlic and a great all-around garlic.

Chesnok Red is the sweetest roasting garlic of them all; It doesn’t just taste not garlicky, it actually tastes sweet. Garlic ice cream made with roasted Chesnok is delicious and sweet. Excellent baked or toasted.

Appearance and Size

They have fewer but larger cloves (average of 8 to 10) arranged in a rather circular pattern. Although large bulbs will have about a dozen cloves and even the inner ones are of good size

Harvest and Storage

Late emergence and late harvest. The plant structure itself is a bit smaller than what we find with Porcelains and Marbled Purple Stripes, but like a small and powerful boxer, Chesnok Red comes out of its corner with determination and vigor.

We’ve noticed that Chesnok Red harvests a little later in the season. Watch for the tell-tale sign of browning in the lower leaves.

Stores longer than Rocamboles  Expect 5-6 months