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Organic Garlic, German Xtra Hardy Garlic (Lb)

Organic Garlic, German Xtra Hardy Garlic (Lb)

Very Reliable Hardneck Variety

  • Very cold hardy variety of hardneck porcelain garlic
  • Has large bulbs with about 4-7 large cloves
  • White wrappers enclose purple streaked cloves
  • Hot garlic flavor that mellows with cooking
  • Very reliable garlic variety and a good keeper
  • Grown in Washington

For more information, see our Garlic Resource Center. Our staff have selected dozens of articles, videos, recipes and tips with everything you need to successfully grow garlic bulbs.

 

Origin and Overview

German Xtra Hardy garlic, also known as German Extra Hardy or German White, is a popular variety of hardneck garlic. It is renowned for its robust flavor, hardiness, and ease of cultivation. This variety is believed to have originated in Germany, though it has become a staple in many North American gardens due to its adaptability to colder climates. German Xtra Hardy is a member of the Porcelain garlic family, which is characterized by its large cloves and strong, pungent flavor.

Characteristics

German Xtra Hardy garlic is visually striking, featuring large, white bulbs with a smooth, satiny appearance. Each bulb typically contains 4 to 6 cloves, which are notably larger than those found in many other garlic varieties. The cloves themselves are covered in a thick, creamy-white wrapper that adds to the variety's visual appeal.

In terms of flavor, German Xtra Hardy garlic is known for its strong, spicy taste. It delivers a potent, rich garlic flavor that is both bold and aromatic, making it a favorite among chefs and home cooks who prefer a more pronounced garlic presence in their dishes. The flavor profile of this garlic is often described as having a robust heat that mellows into a deep, rich sweetness when cooked.

Cultivation Requirements

Growing German Xtra Hardy garlic is relatively straightforward, making it an excellent choice for both novice and experienced gardeners. Here are the key cultivation requirements:

  • Climate: This variety thrives in colder climates and is particularly well-suited to areas with harsh winters. It requires a period of cold weather to develop properly, which is why it is often planted in the fall.
  • Soil: German Xtra Hardy garlic prefers well-drained, fertile soil with a pH between 6.0 and 7.0. Adding organic matter, such as compost, can help improve soil quality and drainage.
  • Planting: Cloves should be planted in the fall, typically about 4-6 weeks before the ground freezes. Plant each clove pointed end up, 2-3 inches deep, and 6-8 inches apart to give them ample room to grow.
  • Watering: Regular watering is crucial, especially during dry spells. However, it's important to avoid water-logging, which can lead to bulb rot.
  • Care: Mulching with straw or leaves can help protect the garlic over the winter and suppress weeds. In the spring, remove the mulch to allow the soil to warm up and encourage growth.
  • Harvesting: German Xtra Hardy garlic is usually ready to harvest in mid-summer. When the lower leaves start to turn brown, it's a sign that the bulbs are mature. Carefully dig up the bulbs and let them cure in a dry, well-ventilated area for several weeks.

Culinary Uses

The strong, pungent flavor of German Xtra Hardy garlic makes it a versatile ingredient in a wide range of culinary applications. Here are some popular uses:

  • Raw: Its bold flavor is perfect for raw preparations, such as garlic aioli, pesto, and salad dressings. A small amount goes a long way, adding a sharp, spicy kick.
  • Roasted: Roasting mellows the heat and brings out a deep, caramelized sweetness. Roasted garlic can be spread on bread, mixed into mashed potatoes, or used as a base for soups and sauces.
  • Sautéed: Sautéing German Xtra Hardy garlic in olive oil or butter releases its aromatic qualities and adds depth to dishes like pasta, stir-fries, and stews.
  • Pickled: Pickling preserves the garlic and adds a tangy twist. Pickled garlic cloves are a tasty addition to charcuterie boards, sandwiches, and salads.
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Description

  • Very cold hardy variety of hardneck porcelain garlic
  • Has large bulbs with about 4-7 large cloves
  • White wrappers enclose purple streaked cloves
  • Hot garlic flavor that mellows with cooking
  • Very reliable garlic variety and a good keeper
  • Grown in Washington

For more information, see our Garlic Resource Center. Our staff have selected dozens of articles, videos, recipes and tips with everything you need to successfully grow garlic bulbs.

 

Origin and Overview

German Xtra Hardy garlic, also known as German Extra Hardy or German White, is a popular variety of hardneck garlic. It is renowned for its robust flavor, hardiness, and ease of cultivation. This variety is believed to have originated in Germany, though it has become a staple in many North American gardens due to its adaptability to colder climates. German Xtra Hardy is a member of the Porcelain garlic family, which is characterized by its large cloves and strong, pungent flavor.

Characteristics

German Xtra Hardy garlic is visually striking, featuring large, white bulbs with a smooth, satiny appearance. Each bulb typically contains 4 to 6 cloves, which are notably larger than those found in many other garlic varieties. The cloves themselves are covered in a thick, creamy-white wrapper that adds to the variety's visual appeal.

In terms of flavor, German Xtra Hardy garlic is known for its strong, spicy taste. It delivers a potent, rich garlic flavor that is both bold and aromatic, making it a favorite among chefs and home cooks who prefer a more pronounced garlic presence in their dishes. The flavor profile of this garlic is often described as having a robust heat that mellows into a deep, rich sweetness when cooked.

Cultivation Requirements

Growing German Xtra Hardy garlic is relatively straightforward, making it an excellent choice for both novice and experienced gardeners. Here are the key cultivation requirements:

  • Climate: This variety thrives in colder climates and is particularly well-suited to areas with harsh winters. It requires a period of cold weather to develop properly, which is why it is often planted in the fall.
  • Soil: German Xtra Hardy garlic prefers well-drained, fertile soil with a pH between 6.0 and 7.0. Adding organic matter, such as compost, can help improve soil quality and drainage.
  • Planting: Cloves should be planted in the fall, typically about 4-6 weeks before the ground freezes. Plant each clove pointed end up, 2-3 inches deep, and 6-8 inches apart to give them ample room to grow.
  • Watering: Regular watering is crucial, especially during dry spells. However, it's important to avoid water-logging, which can lead to bulb rot.
  • Care: Mulching with straw or leaves can help protect the garlic over the winter and suppress weeds. In the spring, remove the mulch to allow the soil to warm up and encourage growth.
  • Harvesting: German Xtra Hardy garlic is usually ready to harvest in mid-summer. When the lower leaves start to turn brown, it's a sign that the bulbs are mature. Carefully dig up the bulbs and let them cure in a dry, well-ventilated area for several weeks.

Culinary Uses

The strong, pungent flavor of German Xtra Hardy garlic makes it a versatile ingredient in a wide range of culinary applications. Here are some popular uses:

  • Raw: Its bold flavor is perfect for raw preparations, such as garlic aioli, pesto, and salad dressings. A small amount goes a long way, adding a sharp, spicy kick.
  • Roasted: Roasting mellows the heat and brings out a deep, caramelized sweetness. Roasted garlic can be spread on bread, mixed into mashed potatoes, or used as a base for soups and sauces.
  • Sautéed: Sautéing German Xtra Hardy garlic in olive oil or butter releases its aromatic qualities and adds depth to dishes like pasta, stir-fries, and stews.
  • Pickled: Pickling preserves the garlic and adds a tangy twist. Pickled garlic cloves are a tasty addition to charcuterie boards, sandwiches, and salads.

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Shipping Information

Ships from Northern CA.

Shipping Weight: 1.05 lb

Dimensions: 5.0"L x 3.0"W x 3.0"H

Features

  • Bulb
  • Easy to Peel Cloves
  • Good Keeper
  • Hardneck

Characteristics

Organic Status: Certified Organic Product
Garlic Type : Porcelain
Planting Time : Fall
Organic Certifier: WSDA

Planting & Care

Useful Information

Guarantee

Limited Seed Garlic Guarantee (When Planted by November 15th)

Claim Deadline is 45 Days from Purchase or Delivery. (Claims placed after December 31st will be denied.)

What We Guarantee
Our only guarantee is that the seed garlic we sell will germinate, provided you follow the steps listed in our Garlic Planting & Growing Guide. This guarantee is only available to customers who purchase their seed garlic directly from us.

What We Cannot Guarantee
We cannot guarantee that your garlic will remain alive & healthy, or sizes up properly, as there are too many variables beyond our control to be able to do so (i.e. soil preparation, fertilization, weed and pest control, temperature control, irrigation, etc).

How to Request a Credit
If you encounter a significant lack of germination of your garlic (over 50%), please contact us within 45 days of delivery. If we determine that your garlic had a significant lack of germination, we will issue you a credit (not a refund) for the purchase price of your garlic (excluding shipping).* This 45-day time frame is meant to allow you up to 2 weeks to plant your garlic, and up to 4 weeks to check for signs of growth.

(*) We reserve the right to not issue credit for items already replaced. We also reserve the right to require photographic evidence of the lack of germination of your garlic.

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My community gardeners and I are trying this for the first time. We’ve always had great results with our Peaceful Valley garlic and, by the look of the seed garlic that arrived, are excited to see it produce wonderfully flavorful garlic next summer. It arrived timely and with beautiful large cloves. Can’t wait to taste!

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