Back to Basics

Back to Basics: Spring Garlic

By Kendall Kish | May 28, 2013

Spring garlic is regular garlic that is picked just before the bulbs fully mature. It resembles a large green onion or leek, but with small, reddish-pink bulbs. It is sweeter and milder than traditional garlic, and is only available for a few weeks in the spring. The uses and health benefits are the same as regular garlic, but the taste is worth seeking out for the few weeks that it is available.

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Name: Allium sativum, the word garlic comes from the Old English term garleac, meaning “spear leek”.

Origins: Garlic has been used for it’s culinary and medicinal purposes around the world for thousands of years, but is native to Central Asia.

Nutritional Value: Garlic is known for it’s cholesterol lowering properties as well as it’s link to possibly preventing heart disease. It is also known to help regulate blood sugar levels. Garlic is high in vitamin C, B6, and minerals such as selenium and manganese.

NEW Recipe: Roasted Spring Garlic Hummus

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Photo: Kendall Kish

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