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Heirloom Garlic Seed

Persian Star


Fun to grow, an elegant flavour, and beautiful looking. Persian Star is a standard Purple Stripe and is listed in the Seeds of Diversity Canada catalogue of heritage varieties. Acquired in 1989 at a bazaar in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, by John Swenson. Thus, the name “Samarkand” is commonly used in parts of the world. It’s more popularly known as Persian Star.



Flavour and Uses

Persian Star is a full flavoured garlic with a rich spicy zing that is more mild than hot.  Their superior flavour is retained after cooking and turns sweet when roasted.  This is a great choice when wanting to create authentic Persian or Uzbek cuisine, and is a fabulous addition to seafood and chicken as it almost has a citrus like zing to it.

Appearance and Size

Vivid clove colors. Outer bulb wrapper sometimes smooth white, but inner wrappers purple streaked. Red-tipped cloves with marbled streaks on whitish or yellow-brown back ground. Averages 6-8 cloves that boast striking purple mottling and streaks. 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.

Harvest and Storage

Mid to Late season. Watch for the tell-tale sign of browning in the lower leaves.

Storage, expect 5 to 6 months.