Asiatics

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The latest research classifies Asiatics as hardnecks genetically closest to Rocambole, Purple Stripe, and porcelain. Asiatic bulbs size up very well without removal of the flower stalk which is usually short, drooping, and coiled. The bulbil capsule is long and wrinkled like a dried bean pod. Bulbil capsules contain only a few large dark purple bulbils. Bulbs have a tendency to be striped with fine lines that run from top to bottom. Cloves are very firm and plump. Clove skins are thick and semi-glossy. Asiatic garlic mature very suddenly, just ahead of other Artichokes. They should be harvested just as soon as leaves begin to brown. If you wait too long, until 40% of the leaves are browned you may find bulb wrappers split open.