How to select

Choose garlic that is firm, dry and round. A white or off-white color indicates fresh garlic.

How to prepare

  • Peel garlic cloves before using. 
  • To quickly peel a whole bulb of garlic, separate all gloves and put in a metal bowl. 
  • To peel a single clove, place the flat side of chef knife on top of the clove and press firmly with the heel of your hand.
  • Continue to peel off the outer casing. 
  • Garlic cloves can be used whole, chopped, or minced depending on the recipe.

How to store

  • Store fresh garlic in either an uncovered or loosely covered container in a cool, dark place away from heat and sunlight.
  • Whole bulbs can stay fresh for 1 month. 
  • It is not necessary to refrigerate garlic. 
  • Do not freeze as it reduces flavor and changes texture.

Peak season


Ways to use

  • Garlic can be sauteed in oil, roasted with vegetables, or added to a salad dressing. 
  • Add garlic to sauces, soups, stews, and casseroles for a boost of flavor.

Fun facts

  • On average, each person eats about 2 pounds (300 cloves!) of garlic a year. 
  • China grows the most garlic in the world at 46 billion pounds per year. 
  • While garlic repels vampires in lore, it repels mosquitoes in real life. 
  • Garlic juice can be used as glue.

Nutrition facts and info

Rich in B vitamins to help cell grow and stay healthy. High in vitamin C to keep the immune system strong. Contains manganese which helps keep our bones and nervous system healthy. Helps reduce inflammation in our bodies.

3 cloves garlic = 13 calories, 3 g carbs, 16 mg calcium, 14 mg phosphorus, 36 mg potassium

Learn more

Growing garlic in home gardens (UMN Extension)

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