Ingredient Spotlight: Green Garlic
Green garlic is a young garlic plant that usually has not yet formed bulbs. While a few green garlic plants will have small bulbs, this ingredient is meant to be harvested before bulbs develop or dry out. Typically, its green tops will look similar to scallions or spring onions. The distinguishing feature of this plant will be its scent as it will smell like garlic—not onion. Green garlic must be stored in the refrigerator and can last for 5 to 7 days.
Green garlic has a milder and sweeter taste than regular garlic. It is spicier and more intense than scallions but can be used in the same way in cooking. The whole plant can be eaten and is great for all kinds of recipes including stir-fry and salads.
The health benefits of green garlic are extensive, and it has been used in various natural health remedies. The allicin in garlic—which give it its characteristic odor—helps boost the immune system. Garlic is also rich in iron, helps maintain a healthy heart, fights gastro-intestinal infections, and has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory qualities. Green garlic does not only make food delicious but keeps your body well, too.
See how we love to use green garlic in some of one of our favorite recipes below: