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Garlic (Lahsun)

  • Botanical Name: Allium sativum
  • Family: Alliaceae
  • Common Name: Lahson
  • Part Used: Underground Structure, also known as Head (bulb)
  • Form Available: Garlic powder, Garlic Flakes
  • Packing: 50g, 100g, 300g, 1kg
Garlic
Description
Uses

Garlic is the hardy bulbous portion under the earth of a plant with narrow leaves. Underground bulb consist of 5 to 35 small bulblets called ‘’cloves’’ and is surrounded by thin white, yellow or pinkish paper like sheath. The flavour of garlic is released on injury or processing. Allin present gets broken down on contact with enzyme alliinase to produce sulphur containing compound allicin. This being unstable, breaks down to strong smelling simpler sulphur compounds, diallyl disulphide and other disulphides. A nature's wonder drug, garlic has a long list of health benefits. Dry Garlic Powder has a pungent and acid flavor and is acknowledged for its medicinal value. Dry Garlic Powder is natural white or light yellow in color. The moisture content in this powder is up to 8% and the sulphur-di-oxide content is less than 10 ppm. Garlic flakes are simply dehydrated bits of garlic that can be stored for long periods of time and used in all sorts of foods.

Medicinal Use

Garlic oil finds use in pharmaceuticals and as disinfectants. It lowers cholesterol level, reverse high blood pressure, boost your immune system, overcome fatigue, and resist cold and flu and many other benefits. Garlic has been used as both food and medicine since many centuries.

Culinary Use

The spice is used as a condiment or for seasoning in different cuisines. Garlic is widely used in vegetable, meat and poultry dishes, especially in casserole, stew and marinade. It is also used to prepare Pizzas, Biriyani, curries etc. In the Mediterranean sauces, raw garlic has wide usage. Garlic is taken as pickles and as important ingredient for vinegar. Besides this, garlic is used as a spice in various cuisines to add that extra flavor and taste. A roasted garlic flavor can add zest to a dish without being offensive. Garlic flakes can easily be added to soups and stews to add a bit of flavor. The used of fried garlic flakes in a meat loaf also ensures an infusion of taste in the finished product. Casseroles can also be enhanced with the use of garlic flakes. Essentially, any recipe that includes cooking time and some sort of liquid is all that is needed. As the flakes absorb some of the juices or liquids during the cooking process, the flakes release the garlic flavor, enhancing the overall taste of the dish.

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