Allium is a genus of flowering plants which includes hundreds of species, for example the onion, garlic, scallion, shallot, leek, and chives. Allium species have been cultivated from the earliest times, mainly as food crops. However, over the past few years allium species are more and more used as ornamental plants. Allium species can thrive in a wide variety of climates, ranging from wet to dry soil and from hot to cold temperatures. The characteristic onion and garlic taste is derived from the chemical compounds the Allium species produce from cysteine sulfoxides.
Prudac’s breeding focusses on two qualities of the Allium species which make its varieties ideal for cooking, but also give it a great look. First, some Allium species develop thick and tasty leaves rather than bulbs. These species also have persistent foliage which do not wither away after flowering. Second, some Allium species develop spectacular purple, ball shaped flowers.