Russian Giant is a large hard neck garlic that is hot when raw. It has a rich musky flavor when cooked. It is a marbled purple stripe variety.
Uses and Recipes
We believe this one is best used in baked dishes, baking reduces some of the heat and brings out the rich robust flavors. Try it in stews and grilled with steaks.
Origin and History
It is believed that this variety originates from an Armenian Village near the Azerbaijan border. This would be the region that is reported to be the area garlic was first cultivated, so there is a chance this might be an old original variety.
Russian Giant Garlic from KMB Farms
AT KMB Farms we grow all our garlic in a natural and sustainable way as possible. Each clove is hand planted in soil that is free of pesticide, herbicides, fungicides and petroleum based fertilizers. We use compost sourced from local Horse farms, Manure is rich in sulfur compounds, providing the nutrients needed by the garlic to produce the allicin. Weed control is done with the use of a corn starch based plastic that is biodegradable. We use organic fertilizers and harvest by hand. The garlic is cured for 3 weeks, cleaned sorted and sold fresh. The seed garlic we offer is the top sized bulbs, the culinary garlic is somewhat smaller but just as flavorful.
Growing Russian Giant Garlic
This is a hard neck garlic, there have been years that this garlic did not produce the giant bulbs it is famous for, however the somewhat smaller bulbs still had the great taste. It is my belief that to get the giant bulbs the weather has to be optimal. It seems this garlic was not a fan of the early warm summers. Keep the beds mulched to control soil temperatures on this variety. Please see our how to grow garlic page for more details on growing hard neck garlics.