Description

  • Garlic is related to the onion, leek and chive family
  • It is arranged in a head called a bulb which consists of numerous cloves

Health Benefits

  • Very rich in sulfur containing compounds such as allicin which are great for lowering blood pressure, lowering triglycerides and lowering total cholesterol
  • They protect the blood vessel from inflammatory and oxidative stress, therefore decrease risk of clotting
  • It has anti-inflammatory properties
  • It is antibacterial and anti-viral
  • It has important cancer prevention properties

How to Select and Store

  • Always use fresh garlic.  Powdered or paste garlic does not have the same health benefits
  • Store it in an uncovered or a loosely covered container in a cool, dark place away from exposure to heat and sunlight.  This will help maintain its maximum freshness and help prevent sprouting, which reduces its flavor
  • You do not need to refrigerate garlic.  Freezing peeled garlic reduces its flavor profile and changes its texture
  • Whole garlic bulbs will keep fresh for about a month if stored properly. Once you break the head of the garlic, it greatly reduces its shelf life to just a few days

How to prepare and cook with garlic

  • Peel skin with a knife
  • To enhance the health benefits of garlic, let it sit for 5 minutes after crushing it or chopping it.  Then you may eat it or cook with it.
  • Microwaving garlic or boiling it whole also reduces its health benefits
  • Add fresh garlic towards the end of cooking to maintain its health benefits
  • Too much heat for too long will reduce the activity of the sulfur compounds

Recipes

  • Almost all of our recipes contain garlic.  Use our search engine to find recipes with garlic

Content courtesy of whfoods.org