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Photo of several heads of garlic
Photo of several cloves of garlic
Photo of minced garlic
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Foods Included

Domestic garlic, wild garlic


Garlic is a head that grows underground and is a close relative of onions. Each head section called garlic clove. Garlic is used around the world in many types of cuisines. It adds a strong flavor to the dishes, either sauteed in oil, roasted vegetables, or added to a salad dressing.

Buy It

  • Buy garlic that is fluffy and has no broken skin.
  • Squeeze the garlic head gently between your fingers to make sure it feels firm and is not soft.
  • Avoid garlic that is soft, shriveled, moldy, or has begun to sprout.

Store It

  • Whole bulbs can stay fresh for 1 month.
  • Store fresh garlic in either an uncovered or a loosely covered container in a cool, dark place away from heat and sunlight. This helps maintain freshness and help prevent sprouting.
  • It is not necessary to refrigerate garlic.
  • Freezing reduces flavor and changes texture.

Cook It

  • To quickly peel a whole bulb of garlic, separate all cloves and put in a metal bowl. With a lid on, shake the bowl for about 1 minute. This should peel the skins off all of the cloves.
  • To peel a single clove, place the flat side of a chef knife on top of the clove and hit it a couple times with the heel of your hand.
  • Purée fresh garlic, canned garbanzo beans, tahini, olive oil and lemon juice to make quick and easy hummus dip.
  • Sauté steamed spinach, garlic, and fresh lemon juice.
  • Add garlic to sauces and soups.
  • Purée roasted garlic, cooked potatoes and olive oil together to make delicious garlic mashed potatoes. Season to taste.

Why It's Great

  • B Vitamins help our cells grow and stay healthy.
  • Vitamin C keeps our immune system strong and helps our bodies heal quickly.
  • Manganese helps to keep our bones and nervous system healthy.
  • Helps reduce inflammation in our bodies.

Try It

Broccoli with Garlic
8 mins
Photo of Broccoli with Garlic
Sautéed Spinach with Garlic
15 mins
Photo of the prepared recipe
Garlic and Basil Green Beans
20 mins
Garlicky Roasted Vegetables
40 mins
Garlicky Roasted Vegetables
Tomato and Garlic Omelet
40 mins
Chickpea Dip with Fresh Vegetables
15 mins

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