Used in cuisine for over 5,000 years, this vegetable is the ultimate flavor enhancer,and is highly valued for its medicinal properties.
Grown all over the world, it's always in season.
Don't buy the pre-chopped version unless you're really in a hurry. Fresh garlic is far superior.
Look for firm bulbs with unbroken skin, and store them in a cool, dry place. A little basket is ideal for this.
To easily remove the skin from a garlic clove, place it on a cutting board, and gently pound it once with the bottom of an olive oil bottle.
Cut the clove in half, slice, and then mince it finely.
One clove of garlic has 2 calories, and contains vitamins C and B, calcium, selenium, phophorous, and potassium.The amino acid allicin gives garlic its unique flavor, and is said to have the medicinal properties that boost the immune system and fight against viruses and bacteria.
Cooked garlic has a mellow and nut-like flavor, enhancing popular dishes like "Chicken with Forty Cloves of Garlic" and "Garlic Mashed Potatoes". Garlic is one of the foundations of cuisine from China to Mexico, and rightly so.
Find more garlic tips, recipes, and resources in the links below.
the Garlic Lady
Garlic Information Center
2006 Bloomington Web Guide
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