Purple Stripe Garlic, Persian Star

Purple Stripe Garlic, Persian Star

Persian Star is also popularly
known as Samarkand, or
Duganskij. It originates from
Samarkand, the second largest
city in Uzbekistan.
Persian Star is perhaps the
most beautiful of the Purple
Stripes with thick white bulb
wrappers streaked with purple
as you peel away the outer
layers. When the wrappers are
all peeled away the clove covers
with their distinctive long sharp
points resemble an eight point
star.
They are a full f lavored garlic
with only a small amount of
bite. They have an elegant
f lavour without any heat.
They’re pretty enough to be
used as a centerpiece, especially
if you strip one or two of their
wrappers to expose their starlike
clove structure.

The Purple Stripe Family
Genetically closest to the origins of the species, Purple Stripes are the
ancestors and antecedents of all other garlic cultivars, and the Fort
Collins study (Volk et al. 2004) showed that they are the basal group for
all garlic. Some Purple Stripes, with assistance, remain capable of sexual
reproduction and the production of seed (a trait long lost to all other
garlic families). Not surprisingly, they also exhibit the greatest genetic
diversity.
Purple Stripes would be inherently special even if their primal origins
were their only notable feature. However, they are also splendid culinary
garlics. In general, the taste of Purple Stripes is strong, complex, and
richly garlicky, without being overly sulfurous. They do not have the
sweetness of Rocamboles, but some of the best may be even more
characterful. Many regard Purple Stripes as the tastiest and best garlics
for roasting.
Purple Stripes store longer than Rocamboles, but not as long as Porcelain
garlics. They are named for the vivid purple colouration and striping on
the bulb wrappers and clove skins.