Anyone tried growing the Spanish Morado garlic in the UK?
We generally sow a few rows of cheap Chinese white garlic, selected from bulbs bought cheaply at markets and supermarkets. (Iím cheap, I donít go giving Thompson & Morgan and the like £4 a bulb with ten cloves in it, only five of which are worth planting).
The results we get arenít outstanding, but do produce a somewhat stronger-flavoured garlic than when used straight from the shop. The few months growing in UK soil seems to give them a sharper flavour.
This year we recently put in three rows of Chinese red striped, and three rows of white, pretty much as usual, when I noticed Lidls had in stock some Spanish garlic of the Morado variety. (Morado means purple). I looked up this variety, and it seems to be very well known in Spain, and quite a tasty number. When tried raw, it is much stronger than the anonymous Chinese varieties, so we thought weíd give it a try.
Morado is generally sown in the Autumn in Spain, to give it time to form a decent root system before the colder weather. Over here, South West Garlic Farms have grown it for years, down in Dorset. It being late Winter now, it might still be worth a few experimental rows, I figure.
But Iíd be interested to know if anyone on here has grown this variety, or indeed any other interesting Continental garlics, in the UK.