Softneck – Artichoke
This award-winning soft-neck varietal has a full-bodied flavor, sporting a spiciness that increases with storage time. With its beautiful, medium-sized purple cloves, Inchelium Red is not only a joy to eat, but to display braided as well!
It is thought to be the oldest North American strain, grown by the San Poil tribe along the Columbia River in north-central Washington as far back as the 1700s.
Inchelium Red is the only North American garlic included in the USA’s ‘Ark of Taste’, a slow food movement, spanning many continents, that works to preserve culture through cooking and ingredients.
In 1990, Inchelium won a garlic taste-off hosted by Rodale Kitchens, while the event and kitchen may no longer be around, the Rodale institute continues on today and is an invaluable member in the organic, soil focused farming revolution.
Inchelium Red features thick bulb wrappers, helping it store for up to 9 months; it’s high in soluble solids, making it denser and the perfect choice for roasting whole or half heads!
The name ‘Inchelium’ comes from a San Poil word for a large and small body of water joining, most likely referring to the town where it was first planted or found.