Most Porcelains tend to have few but extra large, elongated cloves, only 4 to 6 symmetrically arranged around the center stalk. Their bulb wrappers are very thick, luxuriant and parchment like. The outer bulb wrappers are often very milky and light tan although some, like the Music, tend to have pink striping. Their tight clove skins help them store longer than most other garlics.
Porcelains are a very hardy garlic and grow well in most of the USA, getting larger the further north they are grown. They harvest late in the season and are grown primarily for their rich flavor and good storage capability.
Porcelains are the densest of all the garlics and weigh more than any other kind; research scientists say this makes it a superior medicinal garlic. Porcelain garlics are all very richly flavored with an earthy muskiness and generally a hot, strong taste that rivals that of Rocamboles.