Garlic 101

July 31, 2020

Garlic and Cultural Stereotypes

Garlic has had a checkered past in many places around the world. Toronto food writer James Chatto tells an intriguing story about his father’s love/hate relationship with garlic. He recalled how his British father hated garlic but loved curry, which sometimes was made with garlic. “He never included ...
July 30, 2020

Garlic Tasting

First-time garlic taste testers are often astonished by the variety of flavours, sweetness and heat levels found in Ontario garlic. A very basic taste test is to try fresh, raw garlic on bread or plain crackers. For each type of garlic, use the same prep method, whether it’s chopped, ...
July 30, 2020

Chemistry of Garlic

We’re all familiar with garlic’s distinctive odour and taste, but where does it come from? Harvard-trained chemist Dr. Eric Block has been studying garlic for more than forty years. His book, Garlic and Other Alliums: The Lore and the Science, brings to life the complexity of allium chemistry. ...
July 30, 2020

Why Vampires Hate Garlic

A persistent belief is the power of garlic is to ward off vampires. Probably the most popular theory of the origin of the vampire is the disease porphyria, a term for several diseases which are all caused by irregularities in the production of heme, a chemical in blood. Some forms ...
May 15, 2016

Links

Here’s useful information on garlic, including where to buy it, how to grow it, store it and cook with it, and information about the health benefits of garlic. Websites and Blogs on Garlic and Farming Canadian Garlic– Seeds of Diversity’s Great Canadian Garlic Collection is a national project ...
May 15, 2016

Garlic Quotes

“There is no such thing as a little garlic.” Arthur Baer “He methodically basted the dark skin of the Alsatian, which he had stuffed with garlic and herbs. ‘One rule in life’, he murmured to himself. ‘If you can smell garlic, everything is all right.’”  J.G. Ballard, ...
May 15, 2016

Growing Garlic

How to plant, weed, harvest, cure and store garlic. Summary. Hardneck garlic has thrived for millennia in the northern hemisphere in a wide range of soil conditions and climates. With a little patience and a few bulbs, you can build up a sizable crop. The cloves are broken off of ...
May 15, 2016

Did you know?

Allium sativum, commonly known as garlic, is a species in the onion genus, Allium. Its close relatives include the onion, shallot, leek, chive, and rakkyo. Dating back over 6,000 years, garlic is native to central Asia, and has long been a staple in the Mediterranean region, as well as a frequent ...