Everything You Need To Know About Black Garlic
Black garlic has been used for thousands of years, but has recently found itself a much sought-after ingredient to cook with for both home cook foodies and chefs alike. So what is it, and how do you cook with it? Read our guide for a full breakdown of this punchy ingredient.
What is black garlic?
Black garlic is garlic that has been aged and specially treated, creating a distinctly different flavour and colour to normal garlic bulbs. It is made by taking garlic bulbs and heating them consistently over several weeks in a humid environment, resulting in a sweet, syrupy and acidic flavour due to the caramelisation of the cloves. It is thought to be thousands of years old and derived from Eastern Asia.
How do you use black garlic?
It’s packed with umami flavour, and so if you buy black garlic, the best way to cook with it is to use it in the same way you would roasted garlic. Add it to marinades, soups, stir-fry sauces — it's very versatile, and super delicious.
Where to buy it
It’s quite easy to find online if you do want to buy it! While it’s not sold in your average supermarket, Farmdrop sells two bulbs of organic black garlic which is perfect if you already shop there. You can also find it from Souschef, and Holland and Barrett, too.
By Toni Olukiran
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