Sunday, June 13, 2010

What is Black Garlic?

When I saw Korean aged black garlic at Savory Spice Shop, I had to give it a try.

It's definitely black inside, and it's soft and smooth.The flavor has a hint of garlic, but it's also sweet. It reminded me of dried fruit, with a hint of raspberry..

The garlic starts out like a normal head of garlic, but then it's fermented at high heat, which turns the cloves black. According to wikipedia, it's rich in antioxidants.

Since the flavor was so mild, I decided to keep the first experiment fairly simple, and made a salad dressing. I blended one clove with some mayo and yogurt, then added a bit of salt. Surprisingly, the dressing was a pale pink, with a few flecks of darker bits. It still had a tiny hint of garlic flavor, and the sweet fruitiness also came through.

I'm looking forward to more experiments with the rest of the head.

1 comment:

Gemma said...

I Can't say that I've ever heard of black garlic and now I'm very, very curious to try it. I will be keeping an eye out for it!

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