Purple russian are excellent for raw eating or in pesto as they have a clear, crisp texture and a mellow taste that reminds of shallots with a faint hint of horseradish and leaves you with a mildly warm aftertaste that is smooth and not bitter.
Purple russian 's bulb wrappers are sleek and parchment-like and the outer ones are very, very white. As you peel away the outer wrappers the inner wrapper seem to get more parchment-like and the clove covers are solid buff.
Garlic used for seed is generally 2" or greater, while garlic that is less than 2" is sold as table garlic. You can plant or eat garlic of any size.