King Island Garlic "Good, clean food, that's what we're known for."
Wholesome tasty garlic of several interesting varieties
Grown under the clear sky and fresh air of King Island, in the path of the Roaring 40's
Bass Strait, Tasmania We grow our garlic using NO pesticide or herbicide, NO fumigant or GMO We believe in local food for everyone - if you’re not lucky enough to be here on King Island, we can share a range of cultivars which have evolved around the Earth, gathered over a decade from Tasmania's rich cultural heritage of migrant heirlooms and industry trial varieties.
Did you know? There are at least eleven different known groups, or families of garlic. "Is purple garlic best?" Not necessarily! Garlic comes in many colours - purple, white, pink, tan or red. While interesting and beautiful, colour is not the most important factor of good garlic. Some garlic groups include many varieties and a range of subtle flavours, shapes, sizes and storage qualities. Some are early maturing, some are harvested later, some are short-storing, others keep longer, even up to a year. Some are mild and sweetly tasting when cooked whole, where others are strong and pungent! So if you know your garlic and carefully choose your varieties, you can grow fresh garlic to last through the year, to suit any dish! No longer just hardneck or softneck, purple or white! Garlic is not just garlic!
Availability update - December 2019 The 2019 harvest is underway, with some beautiful big early Turbans curing in the shed. Local sales have begun at the King Island markets and our Farmgate will be open soon for garlic gift bags and braids. An additional outlet this season is at Reekara Community Complex, North Rd on Tuesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. INTERSTATE MAIL ORDERS from FEBRUARY 2020 (exc WA due to biosecurity).
'Garlic Gardener's King Island Collection Box' -available from February 2020.
Start your garlic garden with my collection, gathered from Tasmania's rich cultural heritage of migrant heirlooms and industry trial varieties. Over a decade of garlic hunting, collecting, research, trialling, planting, weeding, planting, weeding. All the groundwork is done for you. Each box has six named bulbs from different groups - early, mid season and late storing,for you to grow and store for your own fresh garlic all year. No more foreign fumigated garlic later in the year! Box combinations are available from February 2020 in time for the planting season, with my interesting notes on each variety. Please be patient with enquiries prior to February - a busy time on the farm!