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Cross section of white garlic and black garlic with two packages of SPIRIT Almond Black Garlic Almonds
Cross section of white garlic and black garlic with two packages of SPIRIT Almond Black Garlic Almonds

Ingredient Spotlight: Black Garlic

When we think of garlic, we often imagine the strong, pungent cloves that bring magic to our favorite dishes. However, there's a lesser-known form of garlic that delivers a completely different flavor profile and a host of health benefits: black garlic.

What is Black Garlic?

Originally developed in Asia (competing theories exist as to where and when), black garlic is made from common white garlic. Through a fermentation-like process that involves aging the bulbs at a low cooking temperature (140-170°F) and high humidity (80-90%) for several weeks, the garlic undergoes the Maillard reaction. This reaction, which is a chemical process between amino acids and reducing sugars, gives black garlic its characteristic dark color, soft texture, and complex, sweet flavor. The Maillard reaction is the same process responsible for the special something in countless favorite foods – french fries, bread crust, coffee, grilled onions, to name a few.

The Unique Flavor of Black Garlic

The transformation process mellows the sharpness of fresh garlic and introduces a range of flavors that can be described as sweet, tangy, and rich, with hints of balsamic vinegar, tamarind, and even subtle smokiness. This makes black garlic a versatile ingredient in both savory and sweet dishes.

Health Benefits of Black Garlic

Black garlic is more than just a flavorful ingredient; it also boasts numerous health benefits:

• Rich in Antioxidants: Antioxidant levels are significantly higher compared to fresh garlic. Antioxidants are crucial for fighting oxidative stress and supporting overall health.

• Heart Health: Black garlic has been shown to help lower cholesterol levels and improve circulation, which can contribute to better heart health.

• Blood Sugar Regulation: Some studies suggest that black garlic can help lower blood sugar levels, making it potentially beneficial for people with diabetes or prediabetes.

SPIRIT Almond Black Garlic Almonds

How to Use Black Garlic

Black garlic can be used in a variety of ways. Its unique taste enhances sauces, dressings, marinades, and even desserts. It pairs wonderfully with meats, vegetables, and grains. You can also eat the cloves straight as a healthful snack. In the kitchen, black garlic can be used in much the same way as fresh garlic, but it provides a completely different flavor profile. It’s excellent in sauces and marinades, lending a subtle sweetness that balances rich savory dishes.

SPIRIT Almond’s Black Garlic Almonds

At SPIRIT Almond, we’ve taken this amazing ingredient and combined it with roasted almonds, regular garlic, and soy sauce to create our Black Garlic Almonds. If you're new to black garlic or are already a fan, this might become your new favorite way to enjoy it.

**Disclaimer:  The information contained in this article is based on publicly available research and journalistic writings, and is provided for informational purposes only. Medical and nutritional decisions should be made in consultation with one’s own trusted medical professionals.