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This variety of Russian Red comes from the Purple Stripe garlic family. It is an Eastern European treasure that is fiery with a mellow and smooth aftertaste. It has heat when eaten raw and a wonderfully rich, complex garlicky flavour when cooked.
Russian Red is high-yielding when grown in rich soils with adequate moisture. It thrives in Canada's cold climate and explodes out of the ground in spring. Generally tolerates wet soil conditions fairly well.
Plants are medium-sized with slender leaves and can grow very large bulbs under ideal growing conditions. Each bulb has 8 to 10 medium-sized cloves.
Bulb colour ranges from slight pinkish with purple tones to strong purple stripes depending on local growing conditions.
Bulb wrappers are fairly tight which makes for good storage. Keeps for 6 to 8 months.
It is important to note that this variety is different from Standard Russian Red (Rocambole Family) and Red Russian (Marbled Purple Stripe Family) that have somewhat larger cloves and fewer cloves per bulb. All grow similar-sized bulbs under optimal growing conditions.
Garlic is a heavy feeder. For best results, apply a well-balanced organic fertilizer at planting and in spring.
See our Garlic Growing Guide for detailed planting and growing instructions.
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