A small grower located in Bywong NSW about 40 mins from Braidwood. Crop for the 2016 season will probably return about 300 kgs from an area excised off a 8 hec. block otherwise used for horse agistment. Water for irrgigation comes from a dedicated 25000l tank and a dam. Crops are grown using non-chemical liquid fertilisers from worms and seaweed. Pre-planting soil preparation also includes extensive use of mushroom compost and natural nitrogenous fertilisers.
The property owner, Chris Fowler, started preparations for growing in 2014 after encouragement from South Coast growers and with full knowledge of other local attempts and successes and is now  in the second full year of production.
Varieties in full production are – Oriental Purple, Roy’s Purple, and Dunganski. Deerfield Purple is in development for a full crop in 2018.
This garlic from the Rocambole group is believed to have originated in Vietnam and grows well in cooler regions. With a deep rich flavour it is one of the few garlics that is pleasant to eat raw.
Originating in Uzbekistan this cultivar was imported first in 1994 and developed successfully in Tasmania. This is a strong, rich tasting garlic popular in roasts. The growing season is expected to extend sales into the later winter months.
Oriental Purple [Allium sativum] is originally from Yunnan Province, China where the crops are grown at 2000m but came to Australia from the USA with the AGIA imported range. This locally grown garlic was originally sourced as seed from Rochford’s Organic Garlic who have been growing it since that 1994 importation. A delicious hot flavour with a complex aftertaste, the cloves are easily separated and peeled. The scape, a leafless flower stalk, is harvested for use in cooking, particularly stir fries.
Grown for 28 years by Roy Cody in Tamworth NSW, this cultivar probably originated in Europe and may have come to Australia through New Zealand as ‘New Zealand Purple’. May also be the same as Flinders Island or Tasmanian Purple. Tasting notes to come as the new crop develops.
Where to get our garlic?
“2016 – 2017 crop is now ready for sale. Limited supplies of Roy’s Purple after a very wet growing season. Bywong Garlic will have stalls at local markets in the Bungendore region in early 2017 as long as stocks last.
Chris Fowler can be contacted at Bywong, NSW 2621