Concerning this sub-species, a great garlic guru by the name of Ron L. Engeland has pointed out a few variations. These are sub-titled as "glazed purple stripes", "marbled purple stripes" and "standard purple stripes". Purple stripes are true hardnecks containing 8 to 12 large cloves per bulb. They possess a wonderful flavor, and have won "best taste" in cooking and baked garlic contests. There are many named varieties of these three variations of Purple Stripes.
A standard purple stripe with a spicy flavorful taste that is not too hot. Persian Star has wonderful flavor eaten fresh or baked. A man named John Swenson first purchased this one a a Uzbekistan bazaar in the city of Samarkand.
A standard purple stripe having 8 to 10 cloves with beautiful purple stripes. An all around favorite in the kitchen, it has been named "best tasting baked" in contests. It retains great flavor and quality even after cooking. From Shvelisi, Republic of Georgia.
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A standard purple stripe from Chichisdzhavar, Republic of Georgia. Possessing great body, texture and flavor, it is another wonderful variety in keeping with all the great purple stripes.
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A glazed purple stripe with 8 to 10 large cloves that do not tend to be overly hot. However, Red Rezan is full of strong garlic flavor that lasts a long time. Red Rezan is from the Moscow area in Russia.
A glazed purple stripe bearing 5 to 7 large cloves per bulb. As the name suggests, this one will cause a storm in the mouth when eaten raw. Otherwise, Brown Tempest has a robust garlic flavor which makes it very desirable in all kitchen uses. It's origin is unknown.
This marbled purple stripe has a flavor that develops to a strong full-bodied finish. Complex flavor becomes sweet when baked. Containing only 4 to 7 large cloves that peel easily, Brown Tempest comes to us from Kazahkistan.
SIBERIAN: SOLD OUT
A marbled purple stripe with 5 to 7 large, fat cloves. This Siberian variety is great! With a medium-hot, full-bodied flavor, it will please connoisseurs everywhere.
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This marbled purple stripe sits on the mild side when it comes to heat. Great rich garlic flavor, with only 4 to 6 plump cloves. Original source unknown.
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A marbled purple stripe with 2 to 4 large fat cloves. This variety comes from the Pskem River Valley in Uzbekistan. Strong and hot, this garlic rivals the best of them.