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Garlic Recipes & Info

By Pam Aughe, R.D. / Photography By Carole Topalian | November 01, 2017
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Discover | Hardneck garlic is a cold-climate hardy vegetable that produces garlic scapes, green garlic and garlic bulbs. It is the most potent member of the allium family, which also includes onions, chives and leeks. The largest and most robust garlic is planted in the fall before the ground freezes for spring and summer harvesting. 

Taste | Garlic can attack our taste buds with its pungent, fiery flavor and odor. Rarely eaten on its own, it’s used to make other foods taste better. Garlic has a notoriously strong aroma once cut or crushed. This distinctive smell is caused by the compound allicin—garlic’s most active component. Garlic’s flavor is bold and complex and changes with cooking. Grilled, roasted or sautéed garlic all can add a variety of flavor profiles to your dishes.

Fortify | Garlic has outstanding health benefits. The powerful heart-healthy compounds called thiosulfinates—allicin is the best known—prevent blood platelets from clumping, helping to  keep your arteries clear. Create the most thiosulfinates by mincing the garlic cloves and setting aside for a few minutes before cooking.

Preserve | Choose plump and firm garlic bulbs that have unbroken parchment-like exterior. A sprouted, soft or shriveled bulb means the garlic was stored improperly. Prepare garlic for mincing by rubbing off the loose outer skin and pulling the individual cloves away from the core. Place cloves on a cutting board and smash down with the side of a heavy knife. The cloves then easily pop out of the skin. Fresh garlic prefers to be stored in a dry and cool place. Freeze garlic cloves (with skins intact) in a freezer-safe bag for up to six months.

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