King Island Garlic "Good, clean food, that's what we're known for."
My specialty is providing the home garlic gardener with a range of interesting and unusual garlic varieties to plant, grow and store for a supply of fresh garlic all year. I have arange of cultivars available which have evolved around the Earth. I have gathered them over almost two decades from Tasmania's rich cultural heritage of migrant heirlooms and industry trial varieties.
Grown under the clear sky and fresh air of King Island Bass Strait, Tasmania in the path of the Roaring 40's, using NOpesticide or herbicide, NO fumigant or GMO
Did you know? There are at least eleven different known 'types' or groups 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 with 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!
Feb 2020 update : this season's harvest is complete and sorted. Currently selling planting bulbs of named varieties.
BUY ON KING ISLAND
Farm Gate Garlic - The FROGSHACK FARM 1049 Grassy Rd, Pegarah, King Island
We believe in local food for everyone - if you’re lucky enough to be here on King Island visit our drive-in, self-serve garlic 'boutique', for 'garlic of the day' specials or braided garlic bouquets. Look for the roadside 'GARLIC' sign during summer and autumn or until the weather turns wet. Cash sales only.
Produce of King Island - POKI Market
Find me in person at (mostly) monthly markets in Currie. Enquire for next date.
Can I take garlic home from a visit to King Island? YES.
Regulations do allow Tasmanian garlic into all states (except WA).
King Island is Tasmanian, so you may take garlic between King Island and Tasmania.
You MAY NOT bring garlic into Tasmania (including King Island) from mainland Australia.
BUY ONLINE - individual planting bulbs of several varieties.
Garlic Gardener's King Island Collection Box - order online from February 2020
Start your garlic garden with my collection, gathered from Tasmania's rich cultural heritage of migrant heirlooms and industry trial varieties. Almost two decades of garlic collecting, planting, weeding, harvest, research, observation, trial, failure and success. I can now offer a collection of varieties with identification and indication of habit. Each box has six different bulbs with details of its group and characteristics, with short, medium and long storing types for you to grow 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. (SEE SAMPLE)
Individual planting bulbs - named varieties available