About Ontos Garlic
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 delighted to be awarded a Silver Medal as it was a pretty tough year weatherwise for our 2014 crop.
Ontos Garlic is organic and 100% chemical free Imported garlic, mostly from China, Spain, South America and the USA has been quarantined and fumigated during the quarantine process.
Introducing Organic Dried Garlic Flakes grown in Australia
We welcome a new product to our garlic line. We have worked out how to efficiently process and dry our garlic so that Australians can continue to use healthy organic Australian garlic during the Australian fresh garlic off season.
Australian fresh garlic is only available between November and June each year. This dried garlic will fill the gap.
We will be supplying our retail customers in Melbourne during the fresh garlic off season but are offering the dried garlic for sale online now.
It takes 3 kgs of fresh garlic to produce 1 kg of dried garlic. Those of you who have experienced the flavour of our fresh garlic can imagine the potency of the dried garlic. A pinch goes a long way.
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.
"At last garlic like we've had in our childhood. As cooks with European background we suffered for years trying to
prepare traditional dishes with that anaemic, tasteless, odourless stuff from China. Thank you for growing real garlic."
Regards Francis & Julie, Narellan Vale, NSW
"Very pleased with the product, five bulb wrappers on average, very good sized cloves, excellent flavour, love the
after taste of the raw cloves. I will save the biggest of the bulbs for planting in March. I must commend you on
your service. I will most certainly recommend Ontos farm to friends for their garlic and will purchase again next year."
Regards Robert, Manly Vale, NSW
"We love your garlic. It is delicious and beautiful. Could I please order 10kg this time."
Thank you. Angel, Angel’s Health Foods, Phillip Island, Vic
"Just a short email to say that I’m very pleased with the quality of your garlic as well as the quick delivery time."
Kind regards Joseph, Ascot Vale, Vic
"As spanish we cook with garlic almost every meal and since we got some of Ontos Garlic our food has a nice traditional flavor."
Jordi Llonch, W Tree, Vic
ENJOY THE WONDERFUL FLAVOUR OF ONTOS GARLIC