Did you know that Chineese scholars were talking about garlic in 3000BC! What staying power. The United States got it's first taste when missionaries brought garlic to California. Now, that state produces over 90% of all the garlic consumed in the United States - over 500 MILLION POUNDS. That certainly is reason enough for all of us to help keep California from falling into the ocean! See, we do have our priorites!
Garlic is a member of the lily family and a close relative of the onion. A single bulb is composed of 8 to 12 sections called cloves, which are held together by a parchment-like covering.
Garlic should be stored in an open container in a fairly cool dark place. The garlic bulb, if held intact, will remain fresh for up to 8 weeks. Always use fresh garlic as opposed to bottled, juiced, etc. where possible. Sometimes flakes and powder can be used in dry rubs.
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