Purple Stripe

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Purple Stripe varieties are the oldest of all garlics, closest to the origins of the species. They are hardneck, sending up spiraling, edible scapes in June that  may flower in addition to producing bulbils. Their flavors as a group are strong, complex, and richly garlicky without being overly sulfurous though they lack the sweetness of the Rocamboles. Several of our favorite varieties are Purple Stripe and we prefer them for rasting, especially. Purple Stripes are named for their vivid purple skins that often stripe deeper purple and their 6-10 cloves are arranges in a single layer around the scape (though very large bulbs may form a second layer). Because their skins are more tightly attached than Rocambole types, Purple Stripes store longer and become easier to peel the longer they store.