INTA La Consulta (Mendoza) have presented a new variety of white garlic that stands out because of its early harvest, which would allow producers to enter the market 30 to 40 days earlier than traditional cultivars.
The variety, Aylin INTA, was registered with the National Seed Institute. "It might not be one of the most demanded garlic now, but it is an interesting option for the international market," stated Silvina Lanzavechia, a researcher at INTA La Consulta. "This garlic is native to San Juan and we thought it was a promising selection," she stated. The clonal selection was carried out in 2014 following the methodology proposed by the Garlic/INTA Project. Now, after several years of arduous work, we have registered the variety, she added.
Aylin INTA is a plant with a closed bearing angle, long leaves (85.6 centimeters), and an average width of 3.11 centimeters, with a keeled angle of 102º. It stands out for having a commercial vegetative cycle of 240 days, with a harvest period that occurs around November 15.
"There are other varieties of white garlic that are harvested in December, and those 30 to 40 days of difference constitute an advantage for the producer in terms of labor and in terms of the quality of the crop," Lanzavechia stated.
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