Chesnok means garlic in Russian. Chesnok Red is an excellent culinary garlic; It is amazing when sautéed, makes a great baking garlic and is recognized as the best garlic for roasting.
It is recognized as one of the most prized varieties of garluc. When eaten raw in dips, salad dressings, and sauces, the flavor is lovely. This garluc has beautiful, elegant bulbs with vividly coloured wrappers and tall, slender cloves. Chesnok Red and Persian Star are classic examples of the Purple Stripe variety. Chesnok Red, also known as Shvelisi, apparently was collected in 1985 from the village of Shvelisi located in the southern Republic of Georgia. Heads have 7-12 cloves per bulb, arranged in a circular pattern. Originally from Republic of Georgia. Grown in Montana - USA.
When this garlic head is harvested from the soil in late summer, the head's outside wrapper is creamy white. When a few layers of the creamy white papery covering is removed, The true nature of this purple stripe hardneck comes to light. What is revealed is a striking purple blush to the bulb and light brown clove wrapper. Similar to Persian Star, the tips of the cloves have a star-like appearance. It also goes by other names including Duganski.
Chesnok Red is planted in the fall, soon after the first frost and a few weeks before the first hard frost. The seed garlic bulbs should be taken apart into separate cloves not long before planting. Hardneck garlic requires vernalization (exposed to a period of cold temperatures) before or after planting. Plant cloves two inches deep, the pointed side up. Garlic does best with a loose soil with very good drainage and a pH of 7.0 optimum. This garlic also requires full sun. Avoid planting these in areas that are wet or damp. Plant in mounded rows or a raised beds with well-drained soil. Avoid clay soil.
BOTANICAL NAME: Allium sativum
DAYS TO MATURITY : 200-280 days
BREED: Heirloom, Open-pollinated
GARLIC TYPE: Hardneck, Purple Striped
STORAGE: 4-6 Months
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Chesnok Red wins acclaim and awards as one of the best tasting garlic for roasting and baking. It has a touch of sweetness and is tasty when cooked. Chesnok Red garlic adds a sweet garlic flavor to cooked foods - without intense heat. It has an distinct smell, similar to a sweet onion. Chesnok Red is a good storing garlic. As a Purple-Striped Hardneck variety, it is a cold-hardy, beautiful garlic known for its fine flavor and smooth texture when roasted.