The Garlic King & Health BenefitsPosted by: Scott Ko
Garlic – slayers of vampires and fresh breath, is not only prized for its flavour enhancing properties, it also has a number of health benefits. The compounds responsible for its pungent aroma and taste are responsible.
What are the health benefits?
- Strengthens the immune system and assists to fight coughs and congestion
- High in vitamin C and vitamin B6
- Selenium in garlic is though to aid in the prevention of certain cancers
- Antibacterial and anti-viral properties
- Assists to lower cholesterol and lowers the risk of plaque formation in blood vessels
Storage of Garlic
Once harvested, garlic should stay firm for approximately 8-12 months (if stored properly). The medium to smaller sized garlic keeps much longer than the larger garlic heads, so eat the larger bulbs first. Storing garlic uncovered or in a dry paper bag in a cupboard is ideal, so long as there is plenty of dry air and limited light to inhibit sprouting. Garlic can be quite susceptible to mould and fungus, so refrain from using plastic bags and moist environments. If like me, you are overeager in preparing ingredients and find you have minced more than required, minced garlic can be stored in the fridge. The flavour compounds diminish rapidly so use it as soon as you can. Overall, garlic is at its most nutritious in its raw form. If your worried about stinky breath, chewing raw parsley can rid of the smell.
The Garlic King
Dominic and Vanessa Massarotti are lovers of garlic, celebrating its properties and versatile uses at ‘The Garlic King’ situated within Dandenong Market. The garlic is Yarra Valley grown, and owners Dominic and Vanessa have been painstakingly expanding their crops to 4 acres over a period of 3 years. You can buy the garlic freshly cloved and if you possess a green thumb, you may even try planting some bulbs. Garlic is a winter crop meaning it should be planted during the winter months. For these reasons, regions such as the Yarra Valley where it is cooler, is a perfect environment for the punchy bulb.
Vinessa and her sister also make a mouth-watering range of relishes, salsas and jams with quality ingredients sourced from the Yarra Valley. Banana jam, roasted onion/garlic jam, pineapple chilli relishes and salsas are just some of the flavours you can expect to find.
For a range of delicious recipes incorporating garlic and meal planning tools, check out Mealdish.