As Australian garlic growers we are pleased to offer our organic garlic which we have grown for both its wonderful taste and its many health giving properties.
We were delighted that our garlic was awarded the Champion Trophy for Garlic and a Gold Medal at the 2014 Royal Melbourne Fine Food Awards. The judges commented as follows – “Great colour on skin. Excellent firm bulb. Excellent cloves. Easy to peel. Succulent yellow flesh. Excellent flavour”.
In the 2015 Awards we were very pleased to be awarded a Silver Medal as it was a pretty tough year weatherwise for our 2014 crop. In the 2016 awards we were once again awarded a Gold Medal which we are delighted with.
Over the past couple of years, due to lack of helpers, drought and bushfires the amount of garlic we are growing has dwindled. However we look forward to offering our 2020 crop which should be ready for online sale in January 2021.
Ontos Garlic is grown in Australia
Garlic is one of the most internationally traded foods and as such has acquired over 600 varietal names, most of which are duplicates. Therefore while there are only a few actual varieties of garlic, there are really two main types – hard neck and soft neck. Hard neck sends up a stiff stalk crowned by tiny bulbs (bulbils) which can be planted while soft neck does not.
During our first season we planted several varieties of garlic, both hardneck and softneck. We have selected a most wonderful hardneck variety with a great taste, big cloves and pretty purple striped paper covers for planting this year. This garlic is very user friendly as with the big cloves it is easy to process.
The medicinal molecular components of garlic are sulfur based and we supplement our crop with potassium sulfate at appropriate rates to assure full potency. Potassium promotes strong cell structure so this garlic will keep for a long time, while the sulfur component builds the medicinal attributes.
The flavour of the garlic also depends on soil and climate. The ideal climate is cool with cold winters and no rain after October during the bulb filling period. The soil must not be too heavy and must be well drained.
Ontos Farm, which is situated in the foothills of the Snowy Mountains in Victoria has an ideal climate for growing garlic. We also rely on complete soil tests to make sure our garlic has the right nutrition without depleting the soil.