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WA Grown Food Kit For Garlic

Garlic is a vegetable that belongs to the Allium family, a family of bulb-shaped plants that includes onions, leeks, chives, and scallions. There are approximately 300 varieties of garlic grown throughout the world, and there are several varieties and forms that you see in the U.S.:

  • American: white-skinned with a strong flavor.
  • Chileno: a reddish-colored, sharp tasting garlic grown in Mexico
  • Elephant: Not a true garlic, but a relative of the leek; its flavor is very mild and it is characterized by larger heads.
  • Green Garlic: Young garlic before it starts forming cloves. Green garlic looks like a baby leek with a long green top and small white bulb. Its flavor is much more mild than that of mature garlic.
  • Italian: Mauve in color with a somewhat milder flavor.

Garlic is often harvested mid-summer, and dried for storage and use throughout the year.

Nearly 90% of the garlic in the U.S. is grown in California, but Washington State ranks fourth in the nation in both the number of farms growing garlic and in harvested acres.

Garlic is very popular in the Middle East and Mediterranean countries, India and China. In America, 250 million pounds of garlic are consumed per year and its use is growing.

The distinct and characteristic odor and flavor of galic comes from garlic's sulfur contnent. The more finely garlic is chopped, the stronger its flavor will be. And the longer you cook it, the milder its flavor will be. To remove garlic odor from hands, rub your hands with salt or lemon juice and then wash your hands with soap.

ref: Fruit and Veggies More Matters. From the Heart of Washington. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Fruit and Vegetable of the Month.

School Recipes

  • Lentil Chili
  • Red Beans and Rice
  • Colorful Chickpea Salad
  • Brown Rice Pilaf with Carrots & Dill

Child Care Recipes

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Nutrition Facts

Studies show that sulfur compounds in garlic may help reduce LDL or “bad” cholesterol and is good at preventing blood clots that could lead to a heart attack or stroke.