Introducing Black Garlic

by Dorothy Reinhold on January 21, 2013

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I have called for Black Garlic in several recipes over the past few months, and several readers have wondered what it is.

What to do with Black Garlic? How to use Black Garlic?

It’s a relatively new ingredient (on the market several years) available in the produce section of the grocery store. You might find it placed near the regular garlic heads.

It is made by fermenting for three weeks, then aging for another week. What emerges is a head of garlic in which the cloves are jet-black, soft and with the consistency of ripe fruit or roasted garlic.

Black Garlic cut openBlack Garlic has a rich, molassesy, fruity flavor with a mild garlic foundation without the usual garlic bite.  It lends a complex flavor that you can’t quite pinpoint, and contributes the all-important umami to any dish in which you include it.

I have used it in several interesting ways you might like to try:

Beans and GreensBeans and Greens with Shallots, Black Garlic and Cranberries

Corn with Black Garlic and Parmesan

Bagna Cauda and Potatoes on ShockinglyDelicious.comBagna Cauda and Potatoes

Next I want to try…

  • spreading it on a pizza crust
  • mixing it with butter to make a Black Garlic Compound Butter
  • including it in a topping for my beloved spuds
  • and hey, what about Black Garlic ‘n Grits?

It keeps forever, and I like to have it in the refrigerator to amp up dishes that just need a little something extra.

Source: Frieda’s Specialty Produce sent the Black Garlic for recipe testing. 


{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

CJ January 31, 2013 at 11:47 am

Cool … I love learning new things 🙂


Dorothy February 1, 2013 at 8:28 am

We do too! New ingredients (or those that are new to us) can be so inspirational!


kirsten@FarmFreshFeasts January 22, 2013 at 12:45 pm

OOH! Now I want to try and make it myself!



Dorothy January 22, 2013 at 12:58 pm

I looked it up on Google a long time ago and came to the conclusion that it might cost MORE to make it yourself (keeping an appliance like a slow cooker turned on for several weeks at a time), not to mention the serious hassle. But if you are so inclined, GO FOR IT and report back!


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