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Heirloom Garlic Seed

Persian Star

R20.00R1,500.00

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.

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Description

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.