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


- California early and late

- Oregon Blue

- Red Toch

- Susanville


- 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.


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 Special thanks to Hood River Garlic for supplying the garlic used on today's show. To purchase garlic, visit

Comments (10)

Martha Stewart Member
January 5, 2019
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Martha Stewart Member
August 21, 2008
Martha Stewart Member
January 17, 2008
You can also use the sides of a stainless steel knife or something else
Martha Stewart Member
November 30, 2007
They have stainless steel bars of soap on for $12. I can't wait to try it because I have a huge problem with smelly hands from onions and garlic.
Martha Stewart Member
November 21, 2007
I am also an looking for a stainless steel soap bar. Looked all over the internet and couldn't find one. Any ideas?
Martha Stewart Member
November 9, 2007
Are there retail locations that sell the "stainless steel soap bar/rubbing bar" used to remove garlic odor from hands?
Martha Stewart Member
November 6, 2007
I agree, Christopher Ranch was the guest on the show, but Hood River Garlic was also mentioned on the show as a source. My response referred to the previous comment where 'nodak76' was looking for planting instructions. I mentioned, because they sell seed garlic and have planting instructions on their site. Since I have been growing their garlic for two years now, I know it to be a good product.
Martha Stewart Member
November 5, 2007
Actually, the garlic used on the 11/02/07 show was not the garlic brand mentioned below, but Christopher Ranch garlic. The other mention is an error. Visit for more info.
Martha Stewart Member
November 5, 2007
You are in luck! .. For planting instructions go to: Hood River Garlic was mentioned on the show as well, and have a GREAT product, so while you are on their site, but some garlic too (if they have any left!), they have definitely perfected the art of growing the best organic garlic!
Martha Stewart Member
November 3, 2007
I was looking for printed comments on how to grow the garlic to print off and they weren't given - wish they were here :(