The original garlic, as far as humankind's domestication is concerned. Purple Stripes show the original, flexible genetics of the early plant. Some are robust plants similar to Porcelains in appearance, others are slimmer and shorter like a Rocambole or Asiatic. Overall, Purple Stripes are hotter than other types when raw, while mellowing out when cooked. True to their Central Asian heritage, they retain the cold-hardiness needed for that region.