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How to Select Fresh Garlic?
Garlic bulbs should be plump and compact with taut, unbroken skin. A heavy, firm bulb indicates that the garlic will be fresh and flavorful.
How to Store Garlic?
Leaving the entire head of garlic whole and not breaking it apart is the best way to store fresh garlic. If kept this way, under the right conditions, the head will stay fresh for a few months. Store garlic at room temperature in a dry, dark place that has plenty of air circulation.
Health Benefits of Garlic
- Highly nutritious but has very few calories
- Can combat sickness, including the common cold
- Can reduce blood pressure
- Improves cholesterol levels, which may lower the risk of heart disease
- Athletic performance might be improved with garlic supplements
- Easy to include in your diet
What is the Best Recipe for Garlic?
Garlic and Basil Ciabatta
- 1 tbsp mayonnaise
- 2 tbsp softened butter
- 1 bunch of basil
- 1 small ciabatta
- 2 tbsp grated parmesan (or vegetarian alternative)
- 2 crushed garlic cloves
- Heat the grill to high. Beat together the mayonnaise, butter and garlic cloves until smooth. Chop basil, stir through and season with salt and pepper. Put the halves of the ciabatta, sliced length ways, on a baking tray and spread with the butter. Sprinkle with grated Parmesan, then grill for 2-3 mins.