(Also known as Camphor of the Poor and Stinking Rose)
Fresh mature bulbs tend to be more potent, but you should avoid garlic with fresh green shoots. The garlic then becomes more bitter. You can still use the garlic, but you should remove the green shoots. Garlic is said to be native to Central Asia. China is the largest producer of garlic. Garlic amplifies and brings together other flavours. It has a distinctive flavour with an often-pungent smell, sometimes sulphurous and sweet, before cooking. In Asian cooking, it paints a triptych alongside onions and ginger. Although we are not sure if they are first or second cousins once removed, garlic is related to onions, leeks, shallots and a few others that would like to remain nameless. Garlic is one of 700 varieties in the onion family.
Modern research suggests that garlic improves cholesterol levels and slightly reduces high blood pressure with additional antioxidant benefits.
It is undoubtedly one of the most pungent spices held in high esteem for several thousand years. The Grecian physician Galen labelled garlic as a great remedy.
Egyptian medical papyrus (paper) from 1550 BC features 22 different garlic formulas for various ailments. Hieroglyphic inscriptions describe how the slaves who built the Egyptian pyramids were given garlic for disease prevention and maintenance of their physical strength.
The Chinese cultivated garlic for its healing properties and Roman soldiers ate it before fighting to give them strength and courage.
In ancient Greece, brides would carry garlic and other herbs in a bouquet. Perhaps that might be one way to get cold feet in today's world.
In ancient myths, garlic was a protector of evil spirits and vampires.
It often fell out of fashion because of its pungent smell, but it is very popular in Indian and Mediterranean dishes today.
Often was the case; older generations would sleep with garlic under the pillow when they were ill. Our co-founder Myles Irish grandfather used to sleep with garlic under his pillow to draw the toxins out when ill, so he could keep the body healthy and infection-free. Needless to say, no hugs for grandad on either side of his cold and flu symptoms.
Chief flavour profile
Allicin: (sulphurous, spicy and hot) the garlic smell comes from the sulphur flavour compounds. They typically complement other cooked meats with the same sulphur compounds. The allicin compound does compliment asafoetida spice with its comparable sulphur compounds and chilli capsaicin compounds that give complexity to the heat of the garlic by exciting the tongues temperature receptors.
Rich in cumin seeds, this medium spiced, piquant blend can be used in seafood dishes. "Mahi" meaning fish in Persian, offers the marriage of the nutritional benefits of the spices with fish, meaning the omega-3 properties produced, give an extra health boost at your next fish supper. This can be mixed with a neutral oil and brushed over grilled or roasted cod, sea bass, or even salmon, for a perfectly seasoned fish dish.
Complex, zesty and aromatic, this beautiful mixed herb blend is a variant of a lost recipe from a 13th century medieval Arabian cookbook, with the literal translation meaning ‘bouquet’ or ‘bunch’ of herbs. Playing homage to the ancient trade of herbs, adding a little sprinkle will bring a fresh and luscious zing to savoury dishes like omelettes, baked beans on toast, pasta, soups and cheese toasties. Reaching for Bāqa will soon be like second nature.
Welcome to Ethiopian indulgence of well balanced and fine flavours.This heavyweight is our take on a kaleidoscope of spicy, sweet and deep flavours.Ethiopian cooking is a fine cuisine that uses sweet and fragrant spices, but the heat of the chilli peppers is difficult to ignore.Even with this abundance, this Ethiopian spice offers a well-balanced and rounded flavour profile.
An exceptionally balanced and versatile Mediterranean base blend. Sofrito is a multi-ingredient preparation that contains nutrients that are beneficial for the body. The bioactive compounds found in sofrito included polyphenols, carotenoids, and Vitamin C. Numerous studies have shown that consumption of these nutrients can lower the risk of various cancers and heart disease. Not only do studies show that we do not need rarefied super-foods to maintain our nutritional health, but it also highlights the simple yet oh-so-flavorsome additions this blend can add to everyday dishes.
A luscious and savoury vegetable seasoning blend. Paying homage to Ancient Roman cookery who celebrated the eating of vegetables, it was and still is understood that eating vegetables may help lower the risk of various health problems. A diet high in vegetables can also protect against certain types of cancers.Seasoning vegetables with this delectable blend and making it a part of a healthy diet can add a distinct flavour profile and also help lower the risk of various health problems.
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