Hi there, dear friends 😀
I was first introduced to Black Garlic when healer Master atan gave me some homemade black garlic to try for improving my health, after he heard about my thyroid growth and high cholesterol problems.
Black Garlic is not a variety of garlic, but garlic that has been fermented at a low heat for a few weeks. When ready to be eaten, the hard, white cloves of garlic would have turned into soft, black garlic that tastes really delicious, sweet, tangy…without the pungent taste associated with raw garlic. The taste is like a combination of prunes and balsamic vinegar, and is strangely addictive – I couldn’t stop eating at two cloves! Lol!
Epicurious.com called black garlic “culinary gold.” Iron Chef America and Top Chef New York featured it on their shows.
Black Garlic has a lot of health benefits, more than the normal garlic. I read that one person’s total cholesterol level went down from 240 mg/dl (6.2064 mmol/l) to 200 mg/dl (5.172 mmol/l) in just a few weeks, after consuming only two cloves of Black Garlic daily (read this REPORT by Singapore General Hospital)! Wow! How amazing and easy is that?
Health Benefits of Black Garlic
Other than for lowering bad cholesterol, Black Garlic has also enhanced health benefits such as –
- Reducing inflammation (reduces risk of osteoarthritis)
- Boosting immune function (antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, and antiparasitic properties)
- Improving cardiovascular health and circulation (protects against clotting, retards plaque, improves lipids, and reduces blood pressure)
- Toxic to 14 kinds of cancer cells (including brain, lung, breast, and pancreatic)
(Source – Black Garlic has enhanced health benefits)
Black Garlic is quite easy to make at home – Master atan made them using three automatic rice cookers. There are recipes online for fermenting white garlic in rice cookers, mason jars, etc. This WEBSITE has some good methods.
I think when my current stock of Black Garlic is almost finished, I will try to make some with my old rice cooker. The whole process will take about 20 to 30 days, depending on which method we use. However, I have to figure out first where I can place the rice cooker of fermenting garlic, as there will be very strong garlicky smells during the first 3 days! Lol!
If anyone is interested, let me know, and I will get Master atan’s recipe for you.
Hope you will be able to find some Black Garlic and experience its unique taste, as well as consume it for good health!
With best wishes for good health,