AUGUST'S HARVEST at Stratford Garlic Festival


Garlic has played multiple roles throughout its long history with mankind. It is food, disease preventative, flavouring agent, health preserver, and health...


Usage & Care

Store garlic in a cool, well-ventilate area. Do not store it in the refrigerator or below 10°C or it will sprout. In general, ideal conditions are...



Hardneck garlic clusters into three groups: Porcelain, Rocambole, Purple Stripe and assorted types...



The tender stem and flower bud found on a garlic plant. The scape grows first erect, then coil and is removed in late June to encourage the bulbs to increase in size. It has a mild garlic-flavour with a texture resembling asparagus. The scapes are the first taste of the new crop’s bounty and coincide nicely with spring and early summer’s bbq season; making a great substitute for regular garlic in any recipe.

Green Garlic

Tender, young garlic that is harvested before the familiar bulb fully develops underground. Also known as spring garlic, it resembles a scallion but yields an aromatic, delicate garlic flavour. When harvested in mid-May a unique garlic flavour is present along with the highest nutritional and nutraceutical plant properties.


Hardneck garlic produces a central flowering stalk commonly called scapes, garlic flowers, stems, whips, or tops, anywhere from May to June depending on your region. The most common practice is to remove the scape and eat it, as it is considered one of the greatest culinary garlic delicacies by cultures in the know. Hardneck cultivars include some of the world’s finest-tasting garlics and have the greatest range of characteristics. Softneck garlic, most commonly sold in groceries, do not produce a flowering stalk or scape.

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