Their bulb wrappers tend to be very thick, parchment-like and tightly cover their few, but very large, cloves. The outer bulb wrappers are often very white to milky and light tan. There are no smaller cloves as most cloves are large and fat (four to eight per bulb). Porcelains are all very richly flavored garlic and are generally hot, strong tasting with a few exceptions like Georgian Crystal and Music. Porcelain garlic store longer than most. The Porcelains are the densest of all garlic and weigh more per unit of volume than the others. Researchers say Porcelain garlic is a superior medicinal garlic, especially the hotter ones. Porcelain garlic are unique in that the scapes they produce in the spring coil in all kinds of ways and resemble a bed of snakes before the scapes all straighten up and become vertical. Other hardneck garlic form a characteristic fairly uniform pattern before straightening up, Rocambole’s form a distinct double loop while Purple Stripes form 3/4 of a loop but the Porcelains do what they want. Expect Porcelain garlic to store 8-9 months.
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