Musik garlic from Starling Farm, Boulder
We are thrilled to offer one of our favorite hardneck garlic varieties from the farm of one of our favorite local musicians, Gregory Alan Isakov! Starling Farm, located in Boulder County, Colorado, is a six-acre farm focused on small-scale, bio-intensive market gardening. They produce a wide variety of vegetables, seeds and flowers—all grown with organic practices and high integrity. This year, 2022, marks their eighth growing season.
Musik is one of the most popular hard-neck varieties, a “Garlic Lovers” garlic, prized for being incredibly flavorful, well-developed, complex and spicy, without any bitterness. Flavor ranges from spicy when raw to a hot and aromatic, true gourmet garlic flavor when cooked; one clove can add a lot of flavor to any recipe! A porcelain type, it is exceptionally cold-hardy, productive and robust; plants can reach 3-4’ tall with dark green leaves stabilized by long roots. White-skinned with a blush of pink, bulbs are 2” diameter or larger, with 4-5 easy-to-peel jumbo cloves. Musik is easy to grow and keeps well until April or May when stored properly, up to 9 months to a year.
Musik has a notably high content of allicin, a powerful antioxidant and cold & flu fighter.
Harvest when lower 4-5 leaves have dried. Dry and hang out of direct light in a warm area with good air circulation. After they have dried for 2-3 weeks, cut off the stem, 1″ from the bulb and trim roots.