Persian Star Garlic / Samarkand Purple - Heirloom Garlic

Seeds for Africa


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Fun to grow, an elegant flavour, and beautiful looking. Persian Star is a standard Purple Stripe and is listed in the Seeds of Diversity Canada catalogue of heritage varieties.

Harvest Time

Mid to Late Season.


Samarkand, Uzbekistan.

Flavour and Uses

Persian Star is a full flavoured garlic with a rich spicy zing that is more mild than hot. Their superior flavour is retained after cooking and turns sweet when roasted.  This is a great choice when wanting to create authentic Persian or Uzbek cuisine, and is a fabulous addition to seafood and chicken as it almost has a citrus like zing to it.

Appearance and size

Vivid clove colors. Outer bulb wrapper sometimes smooth white, but inner wrappers purple streaked. Red-tipped cloves with marbled streaks on whitish or yellow-brown back ground. Averages 6-8 cloves that boast striking purple mottling and streaks. Late emergence and late harvest. The plant structure itself is a bit smaller than with Porcelains and Marbled Purple Stripes, but like a small and powerful boxer.

Harvest and Storage

Mid to Late season. Watch for the tell-tale sign of browning in the lower leaves. Storage, expect 5 to 6 months.


Best Planted in rows 30cm apart with 20cm between rows. The coverage that can be expected would be :

10 Cloves – 1m2

100 Cloves – 10m2

1000 Cloves – 100m2

Garlic is sold out for the season. New season stock will be available from December 2017.

Important to note

The Garlic being sold has been grown and harvested in the Western Cape and is direct from the farmer. The garlic is not imported. The varieties are acclimatized to South African conditions.

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