Where is garlic cultivated?
There are several places around the world where garlic is cultivated, including United States of America, China and many other regions. Here at Olam, we specialize in growing our garlic in California’s San Joaquin Valley. This Valley has long been considered one of the best places to grow garlic thanks to the fertile soil and sustainability practices in place.
Applications of bulk garlic
So, what can garlic be used for? Garlic has many applications, including:
- Seasoning blends
- Cheese blends
- Meat and fish products
- Incorporating minced garlic with butter and spread over bread
- Add powdered garlic to soup
- Blend minced garlic into dressings, sauces, rubs, condiments and marinades
- Antibiotic alternative for livestock
History of Garlic
For over 5,000 years, garlic has been used for everything from medicine and food to aphrodisiacs to money. It is one of the oldest cultivated plants in the world and is believed to be a native plant of Central Asia, South Asia or Siberia. In Ancient Egypt, the spice was so popular as payment for laborers, that shortages in garlic would halt production on pyramids.
Garlic has long been a part of the cuisine of Central and East Asia, but it wasn’t widely used in the rest of the world until trade brought it to Europe and the Americas. From then on, garlic was adopted as a pungent and flavorful addition to ethnic European dishes, including Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian and more. In fact, garlic in the U.S. is so popular that consumption has more than tripled since the 1940s, as more savory dishes are being adopted and consumed.
1 fresh garlic clove can equal = ¼ teaspoon (tsp) of Garlic powder or ½ teaspoon (tsp) of minced in water or ½ tsp granulated or ½ teaspoon (tsp) for Gardenfrost puree or 1 teaspoon (tsp) chopped or 1 teaspoon (tsp) Minced