Garlic is a staple in cuisines from all over the world. It is so common in fact, that you would be hard-pressed to find someone who isn’t a fan of garlic. It is related to onions, shallots and leeks and has been consumed by humans for thousands (some say over 8,000) of years! Ancient civilizations like the Ancient Egyptians inherently knew what we are just starting to find out about how powerful our food is. Foods like chia seeds and turmeric were used commonly then, and they are starting to regain their titles as true superfoods. Garlic’s large list of nutritional benefits is quite impressive, and without question gives it superfood status. A surefire way to grow your superfood pantry is by being sure to always have fresh garlic on hand. Find out the essentials you need to know about storing, preparing and eating garlic, along with some fun new recipes in this edition of “Superfood Your Pantry”.
The Incredible Nutritional Benefits of Garlic
Garlic is praised for being remarkably supportive to the immune system and has been the focus of thousands of medical studies for many years. Are you ready for this? Garlic has anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties. On top of being a huge supporter of the immune system, garlic is an increaser of anti-oxidants in the blood, and a good source of Vitamin C and B6. Whoa! Now you have license to embrace your garlic breath, for all its nutritional glory. Because garlic is so delicious and amazingly healthy for you, you may wish to keep it close at hand in the kitchen.
Tips for Using Garlic in the Kitchen
Anyone interested in cooking fresh from home would do well to equip themselves with tricks of the trade to include more garlic in their diet. For starters, you can try this amazing tip for peeling a whole head of garlic in under a minute. Do you love going old school and peeling garlic with your hands? Rub your fingers on stainless steel afterwards to get rid of the strong aroma. Be sure to store your garlic in a dark, dry place that has good airflow. Keeping garlic out of light will inhibit the growth of sprouts longer. Be sure not to store it in plastic bags or in the refrigerator, as the moist environment will cause it to mold quicker.
Double Garlic’s Super Power – Add Hemp Oil!
You can double the superfood properties of garlic by teaming it up hemp oil! Hemp oil has a delicious nutty flavor, and is loaded with omega 3’s as well as vitamin E. Nutiva Organic Cold Pressed Hemp Oil contains no hexane, so you can rest assured that you aren’t consuming any unwanted additives with your oil. Try this Creamy Hemp Garlic Dressing, Simple Hemp Pesto, or try roasting your own garlic with a Nutiva twist (recipe below). Be sure get awesome deals for hemp oil by signing up for the Nutiva Healthy Lifestyle Newsletter at the bottom of this post!
How to Roast Garlic with a Nutiva Twist
Roasting your own garlic at home ensures freshness, invites you to try different oils, and gives your house a remarkable and mouthwatering fragrance! Is the smell of garlic roasting too strong for you? Don’t forget to open up the windows before getting started to air out the pungent aroma. Enjoy roasting a head of garlic with a Nutiva twist for a boost of omega 3’s!
1 organic garlic bulb
1 tsp Nutiva Organic Cold-Pressed Hemp Oil
- Preheat the oven to 400°
- Peel away the outer layers of the garlic, leaving only the layer that wraps the individual cloves intact
- Cut off the top ¼ “ or ½ “ of the bulb to expose the individual cloves
- Rest the garlic head in aluminum foil and cover with 1 tsp. of Hemp Oil
- Wrap up the garlic head and place in the oven for 30-40 minutes, (depending on the size) or until cloves are soft.
- When the garlic is complete, remove from the oven and let rest until it completely cools. This is the hardest but most important part – safety first!
- Once cooled, unwrap the garlic head and squeeze individual cloves on toast, in mashed potatoes, or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for future use.
Tip: Store roasted garlic with a bit of oil in a tightly sealed jar in the refrigerator for up to a month.
Are you a garlic lover? What is your favorite recipe and how do you like it best – raw or roasted? Let us know in the comment section below!