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Garlic

Description

There are three major types of garlic available in the United States: the white-skinned, strongly flavored American garlic; the Mexican and Italian garlic, both of which have mauve-colored skins and a somewhat milder flavor; and the gigantic white-skinned elephant garlic (which is not a true garlic, but a relative of the leek), the most mildly flavored of the three.

Uses

Crushing, chopping, pressing or pureeing garlic releases more of its essential oils and provides a sharper, more assertive flavor than slicing or leaving it whole. Garlic is readily available in forms other than fresh. Dehydrated garlic flakes (sometimes referred to as instant garlic) are slices or bits of garlic that must be reconstituted before using, unless it's added to a liquid-based dish, such as soup or stew.

When dehydrated garlic flakes are ground, the result is garlic powder. Garlic salt is garlic powder blended with salt and a moisture-absorbing agent. Garlic extract and garlic juice are derived from pressed garlic cloves.




Origins

A member of the lily family, garlic is a cousin to leeks, chives, onions and shallots. The edible bulb or "head" grows beneath the ground. This bulb is made up of sections called cloves, each encased in its own parchment-like membrane. Major garlic suppliers include the United States (mainly California, Texas and Louisiana), France, Spain, Italy and Mexico.

Folklore

Garlic has long been credited with providing and prolonging physical strength and was fed to Egyptian slaves building the giant pyramids. Throughout the centuries, its medicinal claims have included cures for toothaches, consumption, open wounds and evil demons.


    Color

    Off-white

    Flavor & Aroma

    Pungent and aromatic

    Sensory Profile

    Garlic's flavor and aroma are permeating and add incomparable flavor to a dish

      Comments
      sulsisels 
      Dec. 25, 2009 12:14 am
      Garlic has almost medicinal qualities used in the prevention of many diseases and illnesses. The saying "Eat garlic and live longer" has a lot more truth than humor.
       
      kathy666 
      Jun. 15, 2010 2:36 pm
      who could live with out garlic
       
      leseranne 
      Aug. 2, 2010 2:35 pm
      being married to an Italian, i use garlic in just about everything
       
      itshelen 
      Oct. 17, 2010 4:11 am
      Anyone out there have a really great garlicy mayonaise recipe, I would just love to receive it, here on line. here`s hoping itshelen
       
      itshelen 
      Oct. 17, 2010 6:23 am
      Anyone out there have a really great garlicy mayo recipe, I would just love to receive it, here on line. here`s hoping itshelen
       
      rf coupliing 
      Jan. 28, 2011 12:20 pm
      I`m a novice chef.I use the jars of minced garlic in olive oil.Living alone limits my need for cloves of garlic. I find that they dry out in the fridge.
       
      Feb. 17, 2011 6:33 am
      Garlic is supposed to help lower your blood pressure and along with onion help your immune system. Goes great with everything except dessert.
       
      Grammy 
      Mar. 4, 2011 8:46 pm
      To keep all of your veg. & fresh spices last longer those green bags that they sell truly work wonders. I can keep my left over garlic for a while. Or I press all of it when I have extra time and store it in a small glass jar with just a touch of olive oil.
       
      sasha 
      Nov. 2, 2011 12:31 pm
      I like getting a bunch of fresh garic, peeling it all and freezing the cloves...then just pull out what I need when I need it. No more garlic going bad or starting to grow!! It keeps its potency too.
       
      Jan. 9, 2012 5:23 pm
      I use a lot of garlic and generally grow my own - as many as a hundred heads per year. Yes I use it all. I make pesto, roasted garlic, garlic salt, and minced (reserved in organic vinegar). If I run out of homegrown, I buy several heads at the store and keep them on the counter out of direct sunlight. Garlic is so inexpensive to buy, if a few cloves are lost it doesn't hurt my feelings - it's well worth it to have as much as I want readily available.
       
      Sofia 
      Feb. 11, 2012 3:42 pm
      I saw only one garlic soup recipe and it is not like my grandfathersis there more out there ?
       
      Mar. 20, 2012 10:28 am
      And of course there is the garlic diet. You don't lose any weight, but you look a lot thinner from a distance.
       
      May 13, 2014 2:25 pm
      if the garlic is starting to grow? is it any good
       
       
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