Garlic has a high mineral content, containing a rich source of manganese, vitamin B6, along with a good amount of vitamin C, copper, selenium, phosphorous, and calcium . Aside from their nutrient content, garlic houses a slew of sulfur containing compounds that have been associated with anti-inflammatory properties as well as beneficial effects against diseases including breast, stomach, colorectal cancer .
Garlic has long been known as a medicinal plant across many cultures and traditions. Some evidence suggests that it was used for increased stamina during early Olympics in Greece . Ancient Indian and Chinese medicine suggests garlic’s role in aiding digestion, respiration, and treating parisitic infestation . Furthermore, garlic has been recommended for treating a range of other ailments, such as insect bites, gynecological diseases, and constipation .
Garlic must be “cured”- a process that dries out garlic for long term storage. Here at the farm, we hang our harvested garlic on a net, and let them air out for a few weeks before distributing them in our farmers market, CSA share, or donation bags!
- Choose garlic heads that are firm to the touch.
- Store garlic in a cool, dry place in an open container, away from other foods.
- Do not refrigerate or freeze unpeeled garlic.
- Peeled garlic cloves can be stored in a sealed container in the refrigerator.
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