Garlic

If you’ve visited our booth at Wichita farmers’ markets, local events, or at Orie’s Garlic Fest, you know we have a wide variety of garlic.  Here you’ll find a comprehensive list of all the varieties we’re growing along with their culinary attributes and suggestions for use.

Artichoke Type: these softneck garlic bulbs are typically (although not always) more mild in flavor, larger, and have longer storage life due to their tightly adhered clove wrappers.  Cloves form in layers similar in shape to an artichoke.

California Early || semi-rich flavor with a little bite. this variety is originally from Gilroy, CA. try slicing it & baking with vegetables!

Early Red Italian || a little pungent with semi-rich flavor and a light bite. try it in pestos, sauces, and even raw!

Inchelium Red || this mild yet flavorful variety is a top-rated softneck for taste. try it in everyday cooking minced, grated, or pressed!

K’s Backyard || rich, Italian flavor. a rare variety from New Mexico. try it in traditional spaghetti sauce!

Lorz Italian || an heirloom with bold, lasting flavor. often considered “a real garlic lover’s garlic”. try it in pomodoro sauce over sweet potato noodles!

Lukak || rich yet mild flavor with no bite. originally from the Czech Republic. try it in stir-fries & sautés!

Oregon Blue || pleasantly spicy with all around great flavor raw or cooked. try it in tacos or enchiladas!

Polish White || deep, rich flavor with a little bite. large cloves. try it roasted and added to hummus!

Red Toch ||mild flavor with very little heat. rich but mellow. try it grated into olive oil and used as dip for crusty bread!

Susanville || moderately pungent with mild flavor. try using it in pickles!

Transylvanian || this variety, as the name suggests, is originally from Romania. it boasts a spicy, sharp bite. try it to keep vampires away! 🙂


Asiatic Type: a shorter storing hardneck garlic that is ready to harvest earlier than most other kinds.

Asian Tempest || breathtaking raw flavor that turns sweet when roasted.  this variety originates from South Korea.  try it roasted and stirred into mashed potatoes, turnips, or cauliflower!

Korean Mountain || full, garlicky flavor with a hot initial burst.  try it in coconut curry!

Pyong Yang || this variety, originally from North Korea, has mild heat when raw with a light, pleasant flavor.  try it in chicken noodle soup!


Creole Type: these hardneck garlics are uniquely flavored and have brightly colored clove wrappers.  Most of these varieties originated from Spain.  In our climate, these garlic bulbs tend to stay on the smaller side, but what they lack in size, they make up for in flavor! Stores for roughly 6 to 9 months.

Ajo Rojo || intensely hot raw flavor that becomes creamy and mild when roasted.  beautiful red clove wrappers.  try it in gumbo and veggie stew!

Burgundy ||  this pretty variety has dark burgundy clove wrappers, sweet flavor, and stores longer than other Creole types. try it in salad dressings and marinades!

Creole Red ||  unique, shallot-like flavor with a slight pungency.  storage on the shorter side (4-6 months).  try it grated into everyday recipes!

Native Creole || this variety has a nice bite without being overly hot.  great raw flavor.  try it with chicken!


Elephant Garlic: this mega-sized bulb is actually a member of the leek family and has similar mild flavor.  Try it in everyday cooking!


Porcelain Type: a hardneck type with satiny white bulb wrappers, large cloves, and flavor profiles ranging from robust & spicy to mild & subtle.

Armenian || wonderfully rich flavor with a healthy bite.  outstanding raw flavor.  easy to peel cloves.  try it in a quinoa pilaf!

Georgian Crystal || this one is very mild yet flavorful raw without much hotness. long storing.  try it in pesto, hummus, and homemade ranch dressing!

Georgian Fire || strong raw taste that is pleasantly hot. lingering hotness.  try it in salsa and salad!

German White Stiffneck || robustly flavored with an aftertaste that sticks around.  long storing.  try it in soups!

Iowa German White || strong flavor with large cloves.  long storing.  try it in soups!

Leningrad || rich, hot flavor that starts mild then intensifies, often described as “a taste you won’t forget!”.  try it in any recipe where you want garlic flavor to shine!

Music || hot when raw; starchy & sweet when roasted.  long storing.  try it roasted and smeared on a baguette!

Romanian Red ||  hot & pungent with a long lasting bite.  large cloves.  try it with lamb!


Standard Purple Stripe Type: these hardnecks are gorgeous with purple streaking and blotching on both the clove and bulb wrappers.  This type is wonderful roasted, often winning taste tests in that category! Storage is about 6 months.

Chesnok Red || one of our most popular varieties, this is considered the best roasting garlic, turning sweet and creamy.  full flavor with a slight aftertaste. easy to peel cloves. try roasting it and adding it to almost anything!

Persian Star || a little spicy but not too sharp. try it raw in salad dressing!


Glazed Purple Stripe Type: a subgroup of Standard Purple Stripe with similar characteristics; however the bulb wrappers are sometimes glossy in appearance.

Brown Tempest || strong and hot when raw, but the flavor mellows considerably when cooked. easy to peel cloves.  try it minced into everyday recipes!

Purple Glazer || warm, sweet flavor with a pleasant aftertaste. try it roasted or raw!

Red Rezan || long, lasting flavor without being hot. try it roasted with broccoli!


Marbled Purple Stripe Type: a subgroup of Standard Purple Stripe that tends to have fewer yet larger cloves.

Khabar || nice raw flavor with a burst of heat.  mild and creamy when roasted.  try it roasted and added to noodles!

Metechi || fiery raw flavor with a nice finish. sweetens when roasted.  larger cloves.  try it in mashed potatoes!

Northe || fairly hot flavor when raw that becomes mild when cooked. try it in enchiladas!


Silverskin Type: a softneck group of garlics that has extremely long storage, often easily keeping a year or more.

California Select || mild, rich flavor with no bite.  try it in chili!

Nootka Rose || an heirloom variety with strong flavor. try it in frittatas!

Sicilian Silver || hot raw flavor that becomes smooth when cooked.  try it in pasta sauce!

Silver White || mild flavor that makes this one a lovely all-purpose garlic.  try it grated into your favorite recipes!

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