A member of the rocambole family, Russian red offers a strong garlic flavor. When it is eaten raw it can be described as being "hot ". The clove wrappers are brown and purple and the bulb wrappers are purple. Rocambole varieties are best if grown in cold winter climates, therefore it is not recommended for southern states. This variety averages about 40 bulbs per pound and 8-10 cloves per bulb.