A cut above the ordinary

Different types of garlic vary greatly. It takes five years to produce the seeds for Hammergarlic. The cultivation process is manual, and is extremely exacting. Only a few places in the Czech Republic are suitable for developing the outstanding qualities of Hammergarlic.

Places were Hammergarlic grows

View of the Czech landscape - ideal for cultivating garlic

What distinguishes Hammergarlic from ordinary garlic?

Before it flowers, Hammergarlic grows a tail on the top. It looks like a ball hammer, which is what gives it its name. Ordinary garlic is planted in the spring and flowers in the summer, when it is harvested. This is where the main difference lies. Hammergarlic is never allowed to flower. The actual flowering robs the garlic of nourishment, which makes normal garlic prone to shrivel quite quickly. Hammergarlic keeps for up to ten months if stored in a cool, dark place.

Hammergarlic being cut

After being harvested, it is dried in large bunches for three weeks, before being cut. 
After this, the bulbs are cut off, leaving a stiff stalk one to five centimetre in lenght.

Only a few places are suitable for cultivation, in order to obtain the optimum results. The plant is left in the soil for almost a year, and is trimmed twice before being harvested. This allows it to retain all its nourishment. Hammergarlic is harvested at the turn of the month between July and August, and supplies are limited.

 

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Last updated 2000-05-17