Hardneck seed garlic (Allium sativum ssp. ophioscorodon) is closer to wild true garlic, with complex flavors. One simple benefit to the cook is the way some of the skins slip off the garlic clove. Hardnecks do not have a long shelf life as compared to softnecks–cure them and eat them within 6 months, and get to know their distinctive flavors.
Hardneck garlic also sizes up better when grown in cold climates. You can grow them in mild winter zones but it is recommended to expose your hardneck garlic to cold temperatures for at least 3-4 weeks (a refrigerator should work that is set colder than normal).
Check out our different varieties of hardneck garlic: Spanish Roja Seed Garlic, German Hardneck Seed Garlic, Purple Stripe Seed Garlic, Red Seed Garlic, Music Seed Garlic, and Purple Seed Garlic.
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