It takes five years for Hammergarlic to develop from seed to fully grown product

The garlic bulbs that are reserved for planting are left untouched until they produce seeds in September. The long, purple seeds are reminiscent of cumin. The following year, the small seeds are sorted according to size. Only seeds with a tail of a hairīs breadth are fit to be sown. In early October, these small seeds are sown with the greatest of care. During the third year, they form black seed capsules resembling little balls, 4 mm in diameter. The seed capsules are planted in a new place. During the fourth year, they form small cloves the size of a womanīs fingernail. Once again, these small cloves are planted 20 - 25 cm apart in a new place. Finally, in the fifth year, the Hammergarlic has grown into bulbs of the finest quality.

Top quality bulbs with tails

Top quality bulbs. Each clove weights 20 -  25 g.

Garlic grower

The bulbs are then certified according to Czech agricultural regulations. When a grower has his garlic bulbs certified, he exchanges bulbs with another grower in the area. This is done to avoid crop failure and disease in the garlic production. 

Achieving a good harvest requires great patience on the part of the growers. Each grower must check the plants at least ten times during each growing season.

 

Hammergarlic is extremely sensitive during its cultivation. It may grow well in one part of a village and badly in another. The garlic remains in the ground from the end of September until July the following year, then it is harvested.

Hammergarlic with roots and stalks

After being dried for three weeks, the roots are cut of. It is vital to cut them off evenly, allowing a white ring to form on the underside of the Hammergarlic. After this, the long stalks are cut off, leaving a stalk just three centimetres long. This is as hard as a stick of wood. No other variety of garlic forms such a hard stalk. Around this stalk are 4 - 6 gloriously big, purplish-blue cloves of garlic.

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