Inchelium Red garlic is one of the more popular garlics to grow, as it combines large bulb size with good storage life and is easy to grow in a range of different climates.
It is an Artichoke garlic and tend to produce 10 to 20 cloves per bulb. Bulbs are typically 2″ to 2.5″ and its thick outer wraps help extend its shelf life when storing it.
Most Artichokes mature earlier in the season but Inchelium Red garlic is one of the last Artichokes to be ready, so it is usually harvested later in the season than other Artichokes such as Italian Late.
Inchelium Red is not only easy to grow and store but it also fares well in the taste department. It has a rich, robust flavor but doesn’t overpower the palate as some other stronger garlics may do.
It is a bit of a rarity among garlics as it was reportedly discovered growing wild on an Indian reservation in Washington State and wasn’t brought to North America relatively recently as many other varieties are.
Inchelium Red Garlic Grower Notes
- “This mild flavored garlic is great baked and blended with mashed potatoes. This large, top-quality softneck was discovered on the Colville Indian Reservation in northern Washington.” – Territorial Seed
- “Four to five clove layers with 8 to 20 cloves. Bulbs over 3 inches possible. It seems to have higher soluble solids (i.e. denser, heavier bulbs) than other Artichokes. Mild but lingering flavor with a tingle.” – Filaree Garlic Farm
- “This variety has large bulbs reaching 3” across; bulbs can have 12-20 cloves. Bulbs are protected by thick outer wrappers. Stores well. Originally found on the Coville Indian Reservation in Inchelium, WA. Stores 6-7 months.” – High Mowing Organic Seeds