German Extra Hardy Hardneck Seed Garlic
German Extra Hardy is one of the premier hardneck garlics for both home gardeners and market farmers. As the name suggests, it's very cold hardy. Much of its superior ability to withstand cold winters comes from its long roots that dig deep and help prevent freshly planted cloves from heaving out of the ground.
This is a porcelain type with usually 4 to 7 cloves per bulb. The exterior skin is white, while the interior skin is a lovely purple. The flavor is excellent — mild enough to munch on raw when it's freshly harvested, but as it cures the flavor gets much stronger. This variety has a relatively high sugar content, which makes it taste especially good when roasted. We love the scapes on this variety too: thick and tender with great flavor.
This batch of seed garlic is the first garlic crop produced by our Ramapough Lenape friends at the Munsee Three Sisters Medicinal Farm in Newton, New Jersey. Led by Turtle Clan Chief Vincent Mann and Clan Mother Michaeline Picaro, this inspirational farm project aims to provide fresh, healthy, organically-grown produce for a community that has suffered countless instances of abuse and mistreatment through the years — from the earliest days of colonization and displacement through generations of oppression up to the present day.
Health is a particular concern for the Turtle Clan, many of whom have lived for more than half a century in and around a federal Superfund site. The toxic waste dump known as Ringwood Mines has never been adequately cleaned up — neither by the polluter, the Ford Motor Company, nor by local, state or federal governments — which has led to increased rates of cancer and other ailments among Ramapough people. The vision of the Medicinal Farm project is to improve public health in the communities it seeks to serve.
Chief Mann and Miss Mikie asked us to help them find a market for their first-ever big crop of garlic, and we were happy to oblige. $15/lb of each sale goes back to the Munsee Three Sisters Medicinal Farm project, whether you buy only a pound or receive the bulk discount.
Since the farm in Newton is still quite new and the ground is not uniformly fertile, this crop is not entirely uniform, so expect some bulbs of varying sizes. But this is a great variety, and the crop has been tested and found free of both nematodes and white-rot fungus.