Garlic

Garlic is a great spice used daily in cooking, especially in salad dressings and skillet meals for flavor and for a boost of antioxidants.

Garlic is an allium, which is in the same family as onions, shallots, leeks, and chives. Garlic has been used for centuries in cooking for adding flavor but also for medicinal reasons due to the antioxidants. The flavor of garlic resembles onions or shallots since they’re all in the same family, but has a very distinct aroma and taste — slightly sweet, pungent, bitter, with “heat” to it especially when eaten raw.

How to Use:

Roasted with vegetables, proteins, and other ingredients; sauteed, in soups, stews, salad dressings, sauces, garlic bread, stir-fry dishes, etc. Enjoy garlic by roasting whole cloves alongside vegetables in the oven; the garlic becomes tender and almost sweet.

Health Benefits of Garlic:

Where to Purchase:

Health food stores, grocery stores, or farmers markets

Tips and Tricks:

In order to release the clove of garlic from its skin, take the flat surface of a knife, lay flat on top, and give it a good whack, carefully. Another trick is to place the cloves of garlic into a cup or jar and shake vigorously until the skin comes off.  Once crushed or chopped, allow it to sit for at least 1 minute, it’s been shown to increase the health benefits.