Organic Sicilian Artichoke Garlic Seed For Sale

CCOF Certified Organic Sicilian Artichoke Garlic Bulbs

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About Sicilian Artichoke Garlic:

Sicilian Artichoke

Softneck – Artichoke

Sicilian Artichoke Garlic is a Softneck varietal that produces exceptionally well and efficiently stores for long periods. It has a fiery flavor that smokes the store-bought lookalikes typically loaded with pesticides and bleached with chlorine, so it looks pretty!

Sicilian Artichoke is a softneck garlic that has a spicy to mild flavor. Sicilian is usually pearly white in color and can have purple streaks. This variety is prevalent in many groceries stores. Our organic Garlic is twice the size found in stores and is much healthier for you.

Sicilian Artichoke most likely originated in Europe, where it was cultivated from Silk Road traded seed. History and folklore surrounding Garlic in this area of the world span from the dawn of literature to the present day time. One of the earliest mentionings of Garlic is found in the Bible in 1213 BC. The Egyptians enslaved the Jews and fed them Garlic and other allium vegetables to give them strength and increase their productivity, and Egyptian citizens also enjoyed it.

There was even once a tradition in Sicily to place Garlic in a birthing bed for a successful delivery! If you still have some Sicilian left after harvesting and planting, why not try the delicious Amogghio recipe, a classic Sicilian salsa topping for summer BBQs!

Growing Sicilian Artichoke Garlic Seed:

When Is the Best Time To Plant Sicilian Artichoke Garlic?

October – November Plant your cracked seeds in the ground 3 – 5 weeks before the first hard freeze. If you plant in the spring, the bulbs will be smaller. If running late in winter, you can still plant until the ground freezes. 

February – April: Garlic loves sandy loam soils, and if you have this type of soil, you can spread mulch, compost, or a mix of both over your crop to help insulate the ground and feed your crop. After planting, we used a blend of alfalfa and straw as a covering to help suppress weeds which last until early spring. Weed watch begins as soon as they appear. You can apply more mulch, weed out the small ones first, or follow your farm’s cultural practices. During growth, after the Garlic is 6 inches tall, we use Neptunes Harvest as foilaire feed because it’s OMRI approved and 100% organic. It contains nitrogen, potassium, phosphorus, and sulfur. We use it every 2 to 3 weeks and stop applying 45 days before the expected harvest. 

Late May – Early June: Sicilian Garlic does NOT produce scapes. But if you purchased some hardnecks, you can start to harvest the scapes when they first appear and grow 8 to 12 inches or begin to curl. Use them in salads, fried potatoes, and any place it calls for onions. Scapes are sweet and Garlic in flavor; unfortunately, they only grow for about 4 to 6 weeks. You can freeze them for a couple of months. Continue to weed, watch and feed your Garlic. 

June – July: Harvest your Garlic as it matures, different types will grow at other times, and harvest should be based on the ratio of dead to alive leaves. Typically there are eight to11 sets of leaves on Sicilian. It’s getting close when the dead leaves reach halfway up the plant. You can dig around the top of the bulb without disturbing the roots and check the bulb size. Bulbs increase in size in the last 6 to 8 weeks of growth. 

July – August: Harvest time, be sure to find a well-ventilated, cool, dark storage area to cure the Garlic for 3 to 5 weeks. Use a spade to loosen the soil about 6 to 8 inches from the bulb use care not to nick the Garlic. If you notice a nick on the Garlic, set it aside and use it in your kitchen. 

There are two methods for curing. 

Method 1: After 3 to 6 weeks of curing, remove all the stems and cut the roots off, and make it pretty as you see in supermarkets. Sort out any damaged or small bulbs, and save these for use in your kitchen. Select the best to replant for the following season. Store in a cool dark place for best results. For more extended storage, put the cured Garlic into boxes or doubled paper bags. This method saves space for other items you may want to store. 

Method 2: Keep all the leaves and roots intact until you are ready to consume. 

October – November: Start the process over again!

Planting Sicilian Artichoke Garlic Seed:

How To Plant Sicilian Artichoke Garlic Seed:

Crack the heads of garlic open, separating the inner cloves and leaving their thin papery covering intact.

Plant only the largest, undamaged cloves, some cloves might get a nick or two in them from the head cracking process. Save the smaller and damaged cloves for a delicious batch of Toum, its like garlic mayonnaise, yum!

When planting cloves in the soil, place the pointy end up, 3-4 inches deep and 6 inches apart

Harvesting Sicilian Artichoke Garlic Seed:

How To Harvest Sicilian Artichoke Garlic Seeds

Crack the heads of garlic open, separating the inner cloves and leaving their thin papery covering intact.

When at least 50-75% of your crop has ½ green and brown leaves, stop watering and let the soil dry out.

Spot checks can be done to ensure the doneness of your garlic: lightly and carefully dig around a random bulb, or bulbs, and check its size without digging it up.

Using a hay fork, you can go and loosen the soil 8 to 12 inches away from bulbs, carefully as to not damage the bulbs, and loosen the soil to make it easier to get the garlic up.

Do not remove the excess dirt with water, dirt can be removed later when it’s dried with a soft brush. Be careful to not remove the layers of paper on the outside of the garlic

Storing Sicilian Artichoke Garlic Seed:

How To Store Sicilian Artichoke Garlic Seed

Make sure that you have not removed the leaves or roots or your harvested garlic, these contain extra moisture and will help with flavor compounds while your garlic is curing.

Hang bulbs in a well-ventilated, dry area out of direct sunlight and room temperature, making sure the temperature does not drop below 45 degrees.

If you want to braid the garlic, make sure the stems have dried, but are still flexible. Garlic hanging time is variable depending on the weather in your area, you’ll know it’s done when the roots and leaves are completely dry and easily breakable.

This can take anywhere from 2 – 6 weeks. Artichoke type garlic can last for up to 12 months if cured and stored properly!

Organic Sicilian Artichoke Garlic FAQ

What is artichoke type garlic?

Artichoke garlic is a variety of Garlic that gets its name from how the cloves are arranged inside the bulb. They have 10 to 14 cloves of various sizes, arranged in a layered structure resembling an artichoke. Organic Sicilian Artichoke Garlic is especially prized for its flavor, which is milder and more delicate than other types of Garlic. The plants tend to be on the shorter side, growing 18 to 24 inches in height with broad horizontal leaves and no scape. If you do not know, scapes are flower stalks that appear near the end of maturity about 6 to 8 weeks before harvest. Our Sicilian Garlic is a softneck and does not produce scapes; as a result, they are a popular choice for both home gardeners and professional growers.

How do you grow garlic artichokes?

Organic Sicilian Artichoke Garlic is best when planted in the fall but can be planted in the spring as soon as the ground can be worked. If planting in the fall, plant 30 days before the ground freezes and mulch with straw or organic alfalfa hay if possible. The alfalfa is rich in nitrogen, and when shredded or cut into 1 to 2-inch sizes, it creates a natural barrier to suppress weed growth when rained on.

Good organic straw does not contain seeds, which helps lower the weed load, making less work in your garden. If you can’t find organic alfalfa, you can use just straw. We found the Garlic pops right up through the straw with no problems, and weeds are easy to remove. The straw also helps reduce water use; about 4 inches in the initial application works best. Garlic needs to have 1 inch of water per week for best results, and stop watering two weeks before harvesting.

Caution: Do not overwater your Garlic; it can cause plant rot. Garlic must have some exposure to cold for several weeks, or it will not bulb properly. Plant cloves 4-6 inches apart and 2-3 inches deep, planting the pointy end. Harvest when the top three or four leaves turn yellow, and all other leaves below are brown. Loosen the soil with a spade and gently pull up the entire plant. Please do not leave the Garlic exposed to the sun for more than 30 minutes, as this will burn the Garlic and turn it into mush. So as quickly as possible, hang your Garlic in a cool, dry place to cure for two to three weeks. Once cured, trim off the roots and leaves and store them in a cool, dark place with decent airflow. Organic Sicilian Artichoke Garlic will keep for four to six months under ideal conditions.

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