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 offer a selection of cultivars which I have gathered over two decades from Tasmania's rich cultural heritage of migrant heirlooms and industry trials.
My garlic is 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.
Ancestral wild garlic originated in the ravines of the Silk Road region of central Asia, then spread around the Earth, domesticated and carried by humans, evolving and transforming into many, many varieties to arrive ten thousand years later on our small island at the bottom of the world, on a journey to you! And that's another fascinating story ......
"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!
2021 JANUARY UPDATE While rain is a wonderful thing, we have had quite a bit too much here, which has disrupted the harvesting and affected our crop. Please hold enquiries until February 2021 once we have assessed what varieties we can offer
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 the 'garlic of the day'. Look for the roadside 'GARLIC' sign during summer and autumn until the weather turns wet. Cash sales.
Produce of King Island POKI Market - Find me in person at (mostly) monthly markets in Currie.
Can I take garlic home from a visit to King Island? YES, unless you are going to WA.
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 - 2021 ONLINE SALES currently suspended. Rain affected crop is being assessed.
Garlic Gardener's King Island Collection - named varieties
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, 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.