Black Garlic is a truly magical substance. But for those who are daunted by what to do with the coal-coloured cloves, we're here to demystify the black bulb, and show you how to celebrate its unique flavour.
Black Garlic is made by heat-ageing garlic bulbs or individual cloves over several weeks, under carefully controlled humidity. The cloves gradually soften and caramelise over time, turning inky black, and gaining their distinctively sweet flavour in the process. Some liken it to aged balsamic vinegar, figs, liquorice, or molasses, with an unctuous texture of sticky dates. Lacking white garlic's acidic bite, it is nevertheless packed with umami, and consequently much sought after by inventive chefs and top restaurants for its ability to enhance a wide variety of dishes. Here at The Garlic Farm, we add black garlic to many of our homegrown products, including mayonnaise, brownies and ice-cream, as well as beer and vodka.
But Black Garlic is more than just a new taste fad. First developed by Koreans in the early '80s, it is believed to contain valuable nutrients which, in Taoist mythology, were rumoured to endow immortality on the eater. Certainly, the health benefits it offers are multiple:
Health BenefitsBlack garlic contains twice as many antioxidants as white garlic, and a much higher
content of allicin. It is also rich in valuable amino acids, the building blocks of protein in the body.Contains S-Allycysteine, a compound associated with lower cholesterol, which also aids
the absorption of allicin.
What Can I Do With It?
Adds a rich sweetness to regular pasta sauces or dips
Use in a vinaigrette with sherry vinegar, oil, and Dijon mustard, to add a natural sweetness to a salad dressing.
Crush and dissolve a few cloves in hot water, then add to mashed potato for a twist on an old favourite.
Purée with oil, and smear onto bruschetta for a simple but tasty canapé
Eat the soft cloves straight from the tub as a liquorice-like healthy snack
Make Black Garlic brownies and you'll never go back to your ordinary brownie recipe!