Garlic Braids 18 in
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Garlic braids typically can contain up to twenty-four whole bulbs plaited together. The color and size of the garlic and its stems as well as the flavor will vary depending upon type of garlic used to make the braid and the age of the braid.
Garlic braids are available year-round.
Garlic has one of the largest genomes of all cultivated plants. Garlic, botanical name Allium Sativum, is a member of the lily family along with chives, shallots and onions. Garlic is the common name dedicated to hundreds of varieties which can be classified as hardneck and softneck types. Softneck garlic varieties are easier to braid than the hardneck ones simply because the stems are easier to work with. Silverskin (softneck) garlics are the most commonly used for braiding.
Garlic braids contains bulbs of garlic which are high in allicin, an enzyme responsible not only for garlic’s intense aroma and flavor but also may be useful in cardiovascular health and in prevention of certain cancers.
Fresh braided garlic can be used interchangeably in preparations that call for traditional garlic. Simply cut a garlic bulb from the braid and separate the cloves from the bulb, be sure to use garlic bulbs starting from the top of the braid. Oftentimes today braided garlic is sold purely as an ornamental item therefore care should be used when purchasing braided garlic marketed for decorative purposes as the freshness cannot be guaranteed. Fresh garlic braids used for food preparations should be used within six months, ornamental braids will last for at least two years.
There are many accounts throughout history of beliefs and folklore surrounding braids of garlic. In many European countries such as Italy, Greece and England they were hung in households and shops as a means of warding off evil, ghosts, disease and negative energies. In ancient Greece garlic was believed to be one of the best ways to ward off the evil eye and braids were utilized extensively to protect infants and young children who were thought to be most susceptible to its dangers.
Traditionally garlic was strung into braids as a means of drying and storing it. Keeping the tops of the garlic attached in this fashion also helped to prolong the freshness of the bulbs. The braids were used as a food, medicinally and spiritually by many different ancient cultures throughout history. Today the braids are predominately a decorative item as well as a convenient way to store garlic for ease of use in the kitchen.
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