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List of Available Garlic Varieties:
All garlic seed for sale includes free shipping & is grown on our small micro farm in Elgin Oregon -

Greifs Gourmet Garlic!

Persian Star
Chesnok Red
German Red
German Giant
Romanian Red
Metechi
Siberian
Georgian Crystal
Northern White
German Xtra Hardy
Asian Tempest
Russian Tzan
Amish
Korean Red
Nootka Rose
Silverwhite
I also am able to source several other varieties from neighboring growers upon request.

Although we no longer have all of the varieties below, we are leaving the descriptions online for educational purposes.  When you click to order you will be taken to our main website http://greifsgourmetgarlic.com

 Does well in cold climates Likes Cold Weather     Likes warm weather/climates Likes Warm Weather    Grows well throughout the US Grown Throughout US

Best buy    Spicy, contains some heat Spicy (Raw)   Mild flavor, containing very little heat Mild Flavor (Raw)   This Garlic Can Grow Really Large Can Grow Large

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Hardneck Seed Garlic:

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German Red Garlic - Flavorful and Aromatic! A large plant with tall scapes (a delicacy in June!). German Red can produce large bulbs with some red color in the wrapper. The cloves have a brownish skin. The taste raw is not too hot and not too spicy...and yet not mild. Roasted German Red loses its heat and becomes mild, leaving a warm garlic flavor behind. It has a "middle of the road" garlic flavor, making it an excellent garlic for dehydrating to powder, or for those wanting to get all the garlic flavor possible from each clove without being overpowered. It can produce between 6 and 12 cloves per bulb.

A Consistent Top Producer For Us!

Grows well throughout the US Does well in cold climates
This Garlic Can Grow Really Large

Siberian Garlic - Our Supermodel! This large-bulbed purple striped variety "has its roots" in Siberia (yes, pun intended!). It is as beautiful as it is tasty. It grows strong plants, with just a few very large cloves. The clove skins are dark brownish pink, but the insides are creamy white with LOTS of heat when eaten raw. Roasted/cooked Siberian has A++ aroma and a slightly "wild" flavor that is not too hot. It loves cold weather, but grows well in a variety of areas. Does well in cold climates Grown throughout the US
This Garlic Can Grow Really Large 
Brown Tempest garlic Brown Tempest Garlic - Long-lasting storage!  A hardneck with a mottled purple wrapper. The brown-skinned cloves have some real garlicy punch. Eaten raw, the cloves have a fiery flavor which mellows to a pleasing aftertaste. A little goes a long way. One bulb produces about a half dozen large cloves. Stores longer than many hardnecks. Grown throughout the US

Chesnok Red Garlic - Versatile Flavor and Size! This hardneck produces large bulbs with purple striped wrappers. It is superb for cooking, offering a flavorful and lingering taste for the garlic connoisseur. Chesnok Red produces 5-10 easy-to-peel cloves per bulb. This one may have originated in Georgia (Asia) where it is known as Shevlisi. Grows nationwide and is a great all-around variety. Grown throughout the USDoes well in cold climates
 

Fireball - Named for its purple wrapper and its rich flavor.

Eaten raw, Fireball produces a little bit of initial heat that quickly reduces to a nice flavor with wonderful aroma without the heat. Likewise, the aroma is tops during roasting/cooking. Roasted Fireball has a RICH garlic flavor without heat. Fireball's history is unknown but rumored to have begun in Poland. It is a good choice for seasoning soups, potatoes, or meats. Matures mid to late season. Fireball averages 7-8 red-skinned cloves, with most bulbs between 1 1/2-2" in diameter, although some are well over 2."

Grown throughout the US
Italian Purple Garlic - Classic Italiano! The perfect-flavored Italian hardneck, also called Gambino and "Easy Peel." It produces large bulbs with easy-to-peel cloves that are perfect for Mediterranean cooking. Roasted Italian Purple has a mild but nice garlic flavor that lingers. Widely grown in the Ohio Valley and Northeast, but grows in a variety of places. Grown throughout the US This Garlic Can Grow Really Large
Stull Garlic - Fire! Stull was discovered at a Saugerties, NY garlic festival. Stull is nearly a porcelain, although the wrappers do have a faint gold/beige tinge. Large plump, easy-to-peel cloves which contain some heat! Grown throughout the USDoes well in cold climates
Spicy, contains some heat  

Metechi GarlicLori’s favorite! AKA Metichi. This fiery little bulb is packed with high-powered garlic flavor. This purple stripe hardneck probably originated in the Republic of Georgia. The bulbs produce a few very plump cloves which store well. Depending upon the year, the largest bulbs can be 2 1/2 to 2 3/4", although in some years they hover around 2 1/4" maximum. It is pretty consistent at 1.5-2.25" bulbs at harvest. While it isn't the largest bulb producer, it is beautiful with fat, colorful cloves...if there were a garlic beauty pageant, Lori thinks this one would walk out wearing the sash and crown.

A Consistent Top Producer For Us!

Grown throughout the US Spicy, contains some heat This Garlic Can Grow Really Large 

Spanish Roja GarlicBeautiful, Easy-To-Peel Cloves!

Good enough to eat raw! Starts with some heat when eaten raw, but it fades. Low odor. Pleasant aftertaste and aroma. When roasted, Spanish Roja is mild and sweet with little aroma, and perfect texture.

Spanish Roja can become HUGE when cultivated in your garden. Large, easy-to-peel cloves with gorgeous flavor make this one a favorite for garlic connoisseurs!

Does well in cold climates Grown throughout the US This Garlic Can Grow Really Large

Music GarlicLarge, Easy-To-Peel Cloves!

This hardy garlic can produce very large bulbs with lasting flavor! When eaten raw, Music is a very hot-flavored garlic. However, cooked/roasted Music loses its heat and offers a lasting garlic flavor with a hint of sweetness. It produces 4 to 7 large, easy-to-peel cloves with the classic garlic flavor that excels in any recipe.

A Consistent Top Producer For Us!

Spicy, contains some heat Grown throughout the US Does well in cold climates This Garlic Can Grow Really Large

Georgian Crystal Garlic - Beautiful! A pretty porcelain-white variety that can produce large bulbs but only with a half dozen or so large cloves. The wrapper is eye-appealing and white in color. This variety may have the highest level of allicin, which is the chemical in crushed garlic that helps lower cholesterol, increases circulation and boosts the immune system. AKA Georgia Crystal, it is mild when eaten raw or cooked. It is also a top-storing hardneck.  Grown throughout the US Does well in cold climates
Mild flavor, containing very little heat This Garlic Can Grow Really Large

Romanian Red Garlic - Coming soon! This porcelain garlic is beautiful with rich robust flavor that has a lingering aftertaste. The clove skins are light brown streaked with purple. This is a large and healthy garlic to grow, though will be at its largest if weeds are not in competition for space. It stores well, and averages 4 or 5 cloves per bulb. Grown throughout the US

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German Extra Hardy Garlic, New for 2012. (hardneck) Easy to grow! This porcelain isn't too hot, having a strong and robust and sometimes described as a "sweet" flavor. German Extra Hardy produces large bulbs with 4-5 large cloves. It is a vigorous variety with long roots that give it the ability to over-winter without heaving. Stores well. It grows well in all but the very-most southern tips of the US. Does well in cold climates Grows well throughout the US This Garlic Can Grow Really Large

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Killarney Red Garlic, New for 2012. (rocombole hardneck variety) The bulbs are large and cloves easy to peel, making them a favorite in our kitchen. Averages 9-10 cloves per bulb. Better adapted to wet conditions than most garlics. Its only drawback is frequency of double cloves, which doesn't bother us for flavoring foods. Does well in cold climates Grows well throughout the US  This Garlic Can Grow Really Large

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Red Rezan Garlic, New for 2012. (Glazed Purple Stripe) The bulb's color is a dark glazed purple with a tinge of gold. Strong lasting flavor that packs some heat, but is not terribly hot and it has little aftertaste. This is one of the best garlics for cooking. Originally from south Moscow (Republic Of Russia). It prefers a very cold climate for the best yields. Averages 7 cloves per bulb. Stores about 5 months. Does well in cold climates Spicy, contains some heat

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Zemo Garlic, New for 2012. (Porcelain) This is a large bulbed variety with cloves that are well streaked outside but soft brown-pink with lines on the inside. When eaten raw, the taste is strong, but pleasant with no aftertaste. Originally from Republic of Georgia. A popular garlic with cooks, as it tastes good! Zemo has a high content of allicin. A spicy garlic flavor with moderate heat. Averages 4 to 5 large cloves per bulb. Late harvest. Stores 5 months. Grows well throughout the USDoes well in cold climatesSpicy, contains some heat

German White Garlic, New for 2012.  A good-sized bulb with 5-7 large cloves on the average make this a great garlic for roasting! White wrappers give way to pretty red-purple wrapper color that varies in intensity. Rich, slightly spicy flavor. Hardy plants even in cold climates, German White is an easy peeling garlic with strong roots! Some claim that it is the same as German Extra Hardy, while others say they are different. They look slightly different in our 2012 field.  Grown throughout the US Does well in cold climates

This Garlic Can Grow Really Large

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Krasnodar Garlic, New for 2012. Originated in Russia near the Black Sea.  This Garlic Can Grow Really Large
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Softneck Seed Garlic:

Inchelium Red Garlic - Can grow huge! Its spicy but prolonged taste won the 1990 garlic tasting test at Rodale Kitchens. The flavor builds over time. Originally found growing in the Colville Indian Reservation, it is an "artichoke" softneck. The bulbs can be LARGE, sometimes over 3 inches across, and can have up to 20 cloves. It shucks easily, and although it can have many cloves, their sizes are surprisingly uniformly large compared to some softnecks. Stores well! Grown throughout the US Does well in cold climates

This Garlic Can Grow Really Large

Kettle River Giant Garlic - Flavorful and Heirloom! This artichoke softneck can become massive in size, up to four inches at times. It has been a long-time heirloom garlic grown in the Pacific Northwest. Cold winters are not a problem for Kettle River Giant. The wrappers are a beige-white with pink overtones. It produces 8 to 15 cloves. It also stores well. Rich on taste with a medium heat makes this another favorite softneck. Grown throughout the US This Garlic Can Grow Really Large

Susanville Garlic - Versatile! This is a large softneck that matures a little earlier than most, so plant it where you can watch it grow. Cold winters are not a problem at all for this variety. The clove skins have a pretty purplish tone. The flavor is pronounced, perfect for sausages and roasts.  Grown throughout the US Does well in cold climates This Garlic Can Grow Really Large

Silver Rose Garlic - Da Bomb! Silvery skin, artichoke variety, fantastic shelf life! Silver Rose is one garlic that has it all. For a softneck, the cloves are fairly uniform in size, with light color turning to blush toward the bottom end. Silver Rose exemplifies a classic garlic flavor with some heat but not too hot or overwhelming. Its wrappers stay cleaner-looking than other softnecks, even in soils high in composted organic content. We've had as many as 34 cloves on one bulb, making this a very economical garlic for production that is also popular for braiding and farmer's markets. If you want garlic that will store for a long time so you don't run out long before the next crop, check into Silver Rose. An 8 or 9 month shelf life is not unusual for this one by rumor, though it has been good for a year in our kitchen. Grown throughout the US

Lorz Italian Garlic - Classic for cooking, and can grow huge! A softneck that was imported from Italy during the late 19th century to the Columbia River Basin area where it is widely grown. Grows well in hot summers, which provides it with a bit of heat, as it has a very robust, but true garlic flavor. Up to 5 clove layers with as many as 15-18 cloves.

Our top producing softneck of 2011!

Grown throughout the USLikes warm weather/climates This Garlic Can Grow Really Large

Siciliano Garlic - The name says it all...An old world artichoke softneck. The large bulbs have a cream-colored wrapper with purple streaking and large cloves. Siciliano has an A++ aroma when cooking. The flavor/heat is moderate and works perfectly for pasta, tomato sauces and olive oil. Long storage life. Grown throughout the US Likes warm weather/climates

This Garlic Can Grow Really Large

Polish White Garlic - Flavorful!

An old world artichoke softneck. The large, oval and round bulbs have a cream-colored wrapper with a real punchy taste that is mild when fresh, and builds without heat as it is stored. Polish White also has large cloves compared to some other softneck varieties, making it easy to use. For a large-cloved garlic, the shelf life is also very good!

Polish White is one of the best varieties for dehydrating and making homemade garlic powder in our experience, as it makes a very fine-grained powder. We think pure Polish White powder or a mixture of Polish White and German Red garlic is far superior to the garlic powder you would buy in a grocery store.

A Consistent Top Producer For Us!

Grows well throughout the US Mild flavor, containing very little heat This Garlic Can Grow Really Large

Transylvanian Garlic - Coming soon! This artichoke softneck has plump pretty-colored cloves with some heat. It stores well, tastes good, and even does well in cold winters! Does well in cold climates Grown throughout the US Spicy, contains some heat This Garlic Can Grow Really Large
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Elephant Garlic:


At right, a clove of Elephant next to a nice-sized clove of regular garlic.

This Big Daddy has the largest bulbs and cloves of them all. It is the king of the roasters. Some Elephant individual cloves are larger than an egg! Our largest single bulb at harvest weighed a few ounces less than a pound (before curing). It is normal for 2 to 4 bulbs to weigh a pound (2 to 3 large bulbs, or 4 to 5 smaller bulbs).

Elephant is the mildest of the garlics, and is actually closer to a leek than a garlic. Awesome for stews, roast vegetables and garlic mashed potatoes. Elephant grows well in most parts of the country. Since the bulbs will probably be larger than typical garlic, plant farther apart with a minimum of 6" between cloves. Mulching with straw or grass clippings and keeping the soil relatively moist, even during the winter, promotes larger bulbs.

Grows well throughout the US Likes warm weather/climates Mild flavor, containing very little heat This Garlic Can Grow Really Large

Wild Southern Elephant Garlic:

Cultivating for the future. Currently Not For Sale
Friends of ours found a patch of Elephant garlic growing wild in Mississippi. The above-the-ground portion of this Elephant looks just like typical Elephant garlic. However, the bulbs are not quite as tall, and are not quite as large...though they are still huge! The flavor is much stronger than commercially-grown Elephant (after one year of being grown in Iowa), which we think may be due to this wild garlic not being selectively grown for size.

Our goal is to continue growing this wild Elephant for flavor rather than size by not "only" growing the largest seed. We will see what happens over the next couple years with its appearance and flavor. If it continues to maintain this stronger flavor after several seasons, we may begin sharing it.

Grows well throughout the US Likes warm weather/climates Mild flavor, containing very little heat This Garlic Can Grow Really Large

Photo coming soon...

Elephant Rounds Elephant "rounds" are single-clove bulbs. It appears that rounds occur when the plant doesn't have enough time for the round to split into cloves, such as when the growing season was too cool or was short due to late planting or early harvest.

We have found that a good-sized "round" grows the largest of bulbs the following year. For this reason, we don't often offer our rounds for sale, though periodically they may appear in the shopping cart.  If you harvest a round or find one in your bag when we ship Elephant, don't eat it! Plant it for a potentially HUGE bulb next year.
 
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Garlic Scapes

Garlic Scapes - A Delicacy! In early summer, some garlic varieties produce scapes, which we remove to allow all the growth effort to be put into the bulb for larger garlic cloves. But these scapes aren't a useless byproduct of the garlic...they are a sought-after delicacy!  Available in June in Bedford and Blockton Iowa (on farm, no shipping).  Garlic scapes can be used in soups, roasts, marinade, pastas, pesto, stir fry, bread, sautéed with butter, etc.  Garlic scapes have a wonderful mild garlic flavor that enhances just about any dish in addition to adding a little splash of color. 

Buy enough for the whole year, as you can freeze them where they will keep for months!  Toni thinks these are the best things since garlic monkey bread...which is what she uses them for! Check out our Garlic Scape Recipes page for this tasty wonder!

Mild flavor, containing very little heatGrows well throughout the US
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Spring Garlic (varieties unspecified)

Did you miss the fall planting season, but still want garlic in your garden to harvest this summer?

In the spring, we often offer young garlic plants for sale to transplant into your garden.

Available March 15 to April 15 Only!

Garlic is typically planted in the fall for harvest the following summer.  These spring transplants can provide you with a harvest THIS summer. They most likely will not result in large bulbs due to the stress of shipping/transplanting, but you should enjoy your fresh garlic after harvest still.

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How To Measure Garlic

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Which Size Should You Buy?

Garlic varieties can vary quite a bit in size. For example, Elephant Garlic bulbs can reach sizes between baseball and softball dimensions in your garden. See individual descriptions on our Garlic Varieties page for more about how the varieties differ in size.

For example, let's look at one variety, such as German Red. Each year, German Red (and all varieties) has some huge bulbs, some medium bulbs, and a few small bulbs.

The largest of bulbs are obviously our "top grade,"
but the medium-sized bulbs are still awesome garlic!


A comparison of bulb size and weight, using German Red as an example.
On the left is one pound of German Red, average-sized bulbs.
On the right is one pound of German Red, large-sized bulbs.

  • The largest bulbs in each variety are recommended for planting if you want your garden's harvest to consist of really large bulbs with large cloves. The larger bulbs are generally over 2" in diameter, although some are 3" (depending upon variety). An example of large-sized bulbs is the grouping on the right in the photo above.
     
  • Average-sized bulbs (generally up to 2" in diameter) are economical for those wanting more cloves (because our garlic is sold by weight, and not by the number of the bulbs or cloves). If you want to plant in your garden with the harvest consisting of average-sized to large-sized bulbs, the smaller-sized bulbs may be better for you.  An example of smaller (average-sized) bulbs is the grouping on the left in the photo above.
     
  • Small-sized bulbs are the ones we eat here at home, as well as the average sizes. We do not typically offer the small bulbs for sale.

Our varieties are generally available in two sizes each year (the shopping cart allows you to select a size): Large and Medium.

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Choosing Your Varieties    How Much Should You Buy?    Which Size (Large or Average)?

Most of our garlic was Certified Organic and/or Certified Naturally Grown through the 2011 harvest/sales.
In 2012, we did not offer certified organic garlic for sale. We have not yet decided whether to recertify for 2013.

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