For those of you who put garlic in every meal and just eat garlic because it is amazing, this post is specifically for you! And any home chefs that are interested in adding a gourmet ingredient to their next date night meal. There is a new garlic in town! Well, it isn’t new, but it is different. There is such a thing as Black Garlic. What is it? It is regular ol’ garlic that has been fermented for a period of time. During the fermenting process, the sugars and amino acids that are contained within the garlic begin the cycle, and voila, you now have black garlic.
There are some differences between fresh garlic and black garlic. Mainly, fresh garlic is known to be pungent, in taste and smell. Black garlic actually is not either of those. It still tastes like garlic, but doesn’t have an overwhelming smell or flavor to it. Some people go as far as to say that garlic is like wine, it gets better with age! However, that is something that you will have to decide on your own. Although wine usually takes between months and years of aging before it gets to your lips, black garlic usually takes between 3 weeks and 2 months, depending on who is making it.
Interested in trying some, or adding it into one of your recipes to give it a different dimension? There are a variety of places you can acquire some, including Whole Foods Market, Savory Spice Shop, and even Walmart. Just be sure to check online with them first, or give them a call ahead of making the trip to one of their stores and make sure they have some in stock. Lastly, if this is something that you try and fall in love with, the company Nex actually makes a black garlic fermenter that you can use at home! It is only about 10”x10”x10,” so it isn’t huge, and you can make your very own black garlic in the comfort of your humble abode.
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Kim Shapira MS, RD