Garlic 101

When garlic is cut, chopped, or smashed, a chemical reaction occurs and allicin if formed. Allicin is known to strengthen our immune systems, lower cholesterol and blood pressure, and help prevent blood clots. Garlic can easily be grown in your backyard, and fall is the best time to plant it.



Types of Garlic


Softnecks
- California early and late
- Oregon Blue
- Red Toch
- Susanville



Hardnecks
- Chesnok
- Keeper
- Siberian
- Music

Braiding Garlic How To
1. Moisten stems with water.

2. Start with two bulbs crossed over each other; continue to add garlic to the middle, then to both sides, then back to the middle, etc.

3. When adding each bulb of garlic, make sure the stem is placed in the middle of the braid.

4. When tying in the garlic with the outside stems, always finish with the stem in the center.

 

Eating Raw Garlic

In the raw, garlic is one of nature's most effective health foods, more so than when it's cooked, as heat destroys some of its beneficial properties. Research indicates that garlic may help prevent cardiovascular disease by lowering blood pressure and reducing overall cholesterol levels, including short-term reduction of LDL (bad cholesterol), and inhibiting blood clotting. Garlic may also help ward off cancer; it stimulates the body's natural killer cells and may help to neutralize some of the carcinogens that make their way into our diet. The pungent, distinct aroma that garlic releases when you crush its cloves is a sulphur compound called allicin, a natural weapon against infection. A 2002 study also shows that a diet rich in garlic -- as well as other foods from the allium family, such as onions, scallions, shallots, and leeks -- may cut by half the risk of developing prostate cancer. As a natural antioxidant, garlic may also help protect our cells from degenerative changes, especially in the liver and the brain.

Make raw garlic a part of your healthy eating plan with these three easy recipes. Depending on your pungency preference, you can use one to three cloves per recipe.

 

Resources
Special thanks to Christopher Ranch for giving our studio audience a jar of organic garlic and a bag of garlic bulbs for planting. For more information on the Christopher Ranch and Gilroy Garlic Festival, visit christopherranch.com. Special thanks to Hood River Garlic for supplying the garlic used on today's show. To purchase garlic, visit hoodrivergarlic.com.

 

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