Where is garlic cultivated?
Garlic can be cultivated all over the world, since it can withstand a variety of growing conditions. Here at Olam Spices, our AtSource verified, U.S. garlic is grown in California’s Central Valley. We are involved in every aspect of cultivation from planting to harvest, working closely with our multi-generational farmer partners to ensure high-quality yields.
Our garlic begins as virus-free cloves, which are planted by our agricultural operations team in the Fall and harvested in the middle of summer. From here, it is immediately shipped to our garlic processing plant in Gilroy, California. The processing begins with the raw garlic being prepped, cleaned, sliced, dried and sieved in our facility and packaged to ship to our customers around the world.
Applications of garlic powder
So, when can I use garlic powder? Garlic powder has many applications, including:
- As a topical application for chips, nuts and vegetables, given its fine ground properties
- Adds great vibrant flavor to bland low-sodium or low-fat dishes
- In place of fresh in high direct-heat applications like baking and broiling because it is less prone to burning
- To season protein such as grilled chicken, steak or pork
History of garlic
Garlic, or Allium sativum, is a perennial plant of the amaryllis family, Amaryllidaceae. It is native to Central Asia, though the exact location is widely disputed, and grows wild in Italy and Southern France.
Humans have been using it for over 5,000 years – making it one of the longest cultivated crops in history. In ancient and medieval times, it was used as medicine and as a charm to ward off vampires. It was also worship as a god by the Ancient Egyptians and Greek athletes were given garlic to enhance their abilities and courage.