Welcome to the AGIA members page. This page is available to financial AGIA members only. In this area you have access to garlic growing information and technical data. Additionally, you can advertise your garlic for sale / required information for other members to access.

The aim of this is to link AGIA registered growers who are able to provide quality seed and Australian grown garlic to new growers, processors or wholesalers.

The Australian Garlic industry Association’s response and Letetia’s resignation

The Australian Garlic industry Association (AGIA) board first learnt that their Chair, Letetia Ware, had pleaded guilty to the illegal importation of garlic through a media report by the ABC on the evening of the 4th of September.

The Chair was contacted Thursday morning and in response, Letetia sent an email to the Board advising of her stepping down.

Upon receipt of this, the board prepared and released a brief update to members and media.

Letetia Ware has stepped down as AGIA Chair

The Australian Garlic Industry Association's (AGIA) elected Board advises that Letetia Ware has stepped down from her position as Chair.

The elected Board is currently going through the required processes in this matter. The intention is for a formal media statement to be
released within twenty four (24) hours.

The AGIA strongly condemns any illegal actions associated with bio-security and the Australian Agricultural Industry.

Belinda Lambert

Secretary - AGIA

Elephant Garlic

Large purple flowersElephant garlic, also commonly called Russian garlic, is a popular edible bulb in some cultures. In some regions it is found naturalised on old house sites and it is a welcome, or sometimes, unwelcome inhabitant of many suburban gardens – but it is not garlic.
 There is however a cultivar of true garlic that is also called Russian Garlic and this should not be confused with elephant garlic. So what is elephant garlic? Its botanical name is Allium ampeloprasum (Ampeloprasum Group) ‘Elephant Garlic’ and it is actually a close relative of the leek, A. ampeloprasum (Porrum Group). It is only more distantly related to true garlic (A. sativum). Other common names are giant garlic, great-headed garlic, Levant garlic, Yorktown onion, and in French, ail d’orient, and German, pferdknoblauch.


Garlic Sprouts and Garlic Greens

Garlic sprouts are more commonly known as garlic scallions in the US and UK. Typically they are garlic that is harvested when still very young, before the bulb has started to swell and when the leaves are still tender. Plants are approximately 30cm tall. They are very similar in size and age to spring onions (known as shallots in some states).

Plant cloves for garlic sprouts in rows in the ground, or in large pots, with only a few millimetres between cloves. It is a great way to use up small cloves, bulbils and cloves that are sprouting too late in the year to allow time for full sized bulbs to develop.

Home gardeners can grow them in a pot on a windowsill or in odd corners of the garden.


Green Garlic

Green Garlic is also sometimes called garlic shoots, garlic leeks, spring garlic and new garlic. Like wild harvested food, green garlic is becoming popular in the US and UK so you can be sure that Australia will soon follow suit. The French have been growing and cooking it for decades, if not centuries, and an attempt was made to grow and market it in Australia about 15 years ago. It didn’t work then because the Australian population wasn’t ready for it and didn’t understand how it could be used. But with the plethora of cooking shows, both professional and home cooks are much more adventurous and now might be the time to try growing it and selling to your local chefs or at markets. Green garlic is seasonal eating at its very best and can be used like shallots (spring onions) in salads and stir-fries.


Garlic, a brief overview

Garlics’ proper  title is Allium sativum ,  the most pungent member of the onion tribe. It has been used for more than 6 centuries for healing and culinary purposes, across many cultures.

Its’ effects on health are many & various .
   To quote Andrew Weil M.D.,  (Associate Director of the program in Integrative Medicine – Uni of Arizona):
   “ It lowers blood pressure, cholesterol levels & triglycerides,  while increasing the HDL fraction of total cholesterol & reducing susceptibility of LDL cholesterol to oxidize.
    Also reduces the clotting tendency of blood by inhibiting the readiness of platelets to aggregate
    It acts as an antiseptic & antibiotic, & enhances activity of the immune system.” ( SPONTANEOUS HEALING p. 173)


Garlic (allium sativum)

  • a rich source of sulphur-containing compounds with biological activity.
  • Contains:
    • essential oils comprising mainly DIALLYL DISULPHIDE  and DIALLYL TRISULPHIDE (both fat-soluble)
    • Water-soluble compounds S-ALLYL CYSTEINE and S-ALLYLMERCAPTOCYSTEINE
    • Also VITAMINS A, B1, B2, C
  • anti-bacterial substances ALLICIN, ALLICETOIN 1 and 2,
  • the enzyme ALLIINASE


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