- KNOW YOUR VEG
is a member of the onion and leek family, garlic is one
of the most commonly used flavouring ingredients worldwide.
With its distinctive flavour and aroma it is especially
popular in Asian, Oriental and Mediterranean cuisines. Fresh
garlic is harvested and dried to produce the bulbs that
are available all year round. Garlic bulbs consist of several
individual cloves, which are wrapped in fine papery skin.
When buying garlic choose plump succulent bulbs with unblemished
skin. Avoid any bulbs that are sprouting.
Garlic - photograph by RM
How To Use Garlic
can be eaten raw or cooked. Raw garlic adds a kick to
salad dressings, salsas, dips and spreads. Use raw garlic
to make garlic butter to top cooked meat or fish or to
spread on bread to make garlic bread. Garlic adds a wonderful
flavour to a vast number of savoury dishes from curries,
stir-fries and pasta sauces to soups and casseroles. Garlic
can also be roasted and served as an accompaniment or
garnish for savoury dishes.
How To Prepare Garlic
the bulb into individual cloves and remove the papery
skin, if required. Use the cloves whole or finely chop
with a knife, crush in a garlic press or using a pestle
and mortar. To prepare whole garlic bulbs for roasting,
simply brush with olive oil.
How To Cook Garlic
can be fried or roasted. To fry garlic, heat a little
olive oil in a frying pan and add the garlic, cook over
a gentle heat and don't allow the garlic to brown or it
will take on a bitter flavour. To roast garlic, preheat
the oven to 170°C, gas mark 3 and cook for about 45
minutes or until tender. Slice the bulbs in half and use
to garnish soups or grilled or roasted meat or fish.
How To Store Garlic
in a cool, dry place.
information for this article has come from www.thinkvegetables.co.uk.
It provides full information on all the main vegetables
available on the UK market including nutritional information
and delicious recipes. The site is a service provided by
Mack Vegetables, one of the largest and most successful
suppliers of fresh vegetables in the UK, serving a wide
range of customers from caterers to major multiples. You
can find out more about Mack by visiting the website at
The image is courtesy of RM
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