With its many health benefits and wonderful, aromatic flavour, garlic is a pantry staple and one well worth buying in bulk. Our spray-free, organic garlic has a delectable, strong flavour, which you don't get from imported garlic. Some imported garlic is sprayed with chemicals to whiten it, stop it from sprouting, and to kill insects and plant matter...not very appealing!
There are a whopping 600 varieties of garlic, each with is its own particular flavour. As with some of our citrus fruit, the colder the temperature, the more powerful the flavour.
Believed to be a native to central and south Asia, garlic is one of the oldest cultivated plants on earth. It was even worshipped as a god by the ancient Egyptians and used as an early form of currency. Egyptian royals provided their pyramid-building slaves with piles of it, believing it gave them enhanced strength for lugging those giant boulders in the desert heat. It was also used by Olympic athletes in ancient Greece.
Such are its antiseptic qualities, that it was used during both world wars as a strong antiseptic and remedy for dysentery.
With such esteemed healing properties, why not throw an extra clove or two into your dishes? You’ll help ward off colds, boost your immune system and lower your blood pressure and cholesterol levels. If you’re worried about garlic breath, never fear - just feed it to your loved ones too and nobody will notice!
Worldwide production of garlic exceeds 20 million tons, with China growing and exporting the vast majority.
Our garlic is grown by our good friend, Kirsty Gaddum, who is passionate about all things organic. She grows the softneck Takahue heritage variety, brought to New Zealand by early Dalmatian settlers. Takahue garlic has a great strong flavour, with reddish skin and some potent medicinal properties.
The beds are planted, weeded and harvested by hand. After harvest, the bulbs are hung to dry with their leaves intact to cure and develop flavour.
Our garlic will last for ages and it won't go mouldy – just store in it a brown paper bag somewhere cool and dry (like your pantry).
Available while stocks last.