Botanical name :Allium sativum
Fresh: Garlic is best fresh. When buying garlic, you will know it is fresh when the head is compact firm and there is no sprouting.
Dried: Store in an airtight container in a dark cool place.
Garlic has the most health benefits when fresh; it is lost when dried.
Fresh garlic best at the beginning of the season (Spring)
The best way to crush garlic is using a mortar and pestle because it releases the max flavor.
Interesting fact about garlic: Elephant garlic are the largest – one may think that they may have a more intense garlic flavor. They have a delicate flavor, actually. Large and delicate. Just like the majestic creature the elephant is.
Garlic could be used for medicinal use as well. My mom made my sister and I wear a strand of garlic to bed to ward off illnesses. I thought we were warding off vampires *my way of coping with the smell*
Not only is garlic a great ingredient for our bodies and in dishes, but it is also great for your garden. Garlic acts as a natural insect repellant, hence the nickname “the stinking rose”.