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The New Black Garlic
I first heard of black garlic while researching for spices. I learned a new word that same day as well! UMAMI. Umami means meaty or savory. Apparently, black garlic is edible in its own right and has its own word for the way it tastes! That is not right. Umami is a Chinese word for meaty and savory according to the dictionary but according to Katie aby "it means earthy mom! Truffles means Umami" and for good reason. The taste is likenend to truffles, mushrooms, and kelp. Black garlic comes from Japan, China and Korea. It takes 60 days to come to maturation. Ordinary garlic is fermented with the skin on and after fifty to sixty days, the result is a culinary delight.
Above and beyond its taste and use as a spice, however, is the fact that with the fermentation process its properties are changed. Black garlic contains eighteen amino acids and the claims as to medicinal and magical properties abound within the oriental culture. Black garlic is so popular that it is now in a shortage in Japan.
What can you do with it?
According to the research, it will lower blood pressure, cholesterol and cure insomnia and constipation. It ends up with ajoene compound after fermentation, this is an anticlotting factor. Persons with pacemakers who take Coumadin then need to take heed. Do not take this spice without first consulting your physician, as it will wreak havoc with your Coumadin blood tests (INR-international normalized ratio). It is also known for its anti aging properties. It can as noted, be eaten as it is but is also used in different dishes. It is said that although the uses of ordinary garlic are also similar, "after fermentation the effects of black garlic are ten times as potent as ordinary garlic itself".
It is very pretty and it is always tempting to try a new spice in our foods. If we take it with the grain of 'garlic’, we will probably enjoy our new culinary find immensely!
Where can you get it?
There are on line sites such as Tomco and Trade Korea where you can order black garlic online and perhaps it would be best to check out your oriental markets as well before searching online. Who knows, you may find a market that ferments the garlic and then your black garlic will be locally made and purchased by you!
Perhaps another thing to do is to look it up in the yellow pages and then online. Where I live, black garlic is available only online but I intend to keep looking! It is supposed to be delicious in Thai as well as Korean and Chinese dishes and is both sweet and spicy at the same time. The price itself is exorbitant at over fifty-three dollars a pound however, if you were planning a special dinner or party it would be worth it to show off your skills and bring a new taste to everyone’s palette!
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