Greek Cuisine and Black Garlic
Although there are many commonalities among Greek gastronomic traditions it is difficult to establish a representative list of dishes. An essential ingredient of our cuisine is garlic, which is known both for its taste and for its medicinal properties. But what happens when white garlic turns black naturally?
What is Black Garlic?
Greek Organic Black Garlic by “Genuine Tastes” is a product created after a natural three-month ripening of white garlic in the company’s special processing plants. It goes through a curing process without preservatives, artificial dyes or additives, in which hundreds of different aromatic compounds are created. During “ripening” the lysine of garlic multiplies. It is known that this amino acid is particularly beneficial to the human body because it energizes the body and increases its antibodies making it more resistant.
Black garlic contains up to 4 times higher concentrations of beneficial ingredients, such as Potassium, Sodium, Magnesium, Calcium and water-soluble amino acids. It improves blood pressure, cholesterol levels and blood circulation. Black garlic has antimicrobial, antibiotic, anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal properties and at the same time protects against aging of brain cells.
Does it leave an unpleasant odor? How does it taste?
One cannot fail to mention its most basic characteristic, its taste! With the style of natural drying it turns from hard to soft, sweet with a slight acidity in the mouth, but retains the sensation of garlic. When one tastes it, it is likely to be reminiscent of truffle oil, with its mild smoky oyster flavor. As a result, it is not digestible and can even be eaten raw. It is a food that should not be missing from any kitchen, ready to enrich any culinary creation.
350 g yoghurt
Half a cup of oil
2 cloves black garlic
1 teaspoon of vinegar
Some salt if you want
Half a cucumber
Peel the cucumber and put it in the grater. Put it in a bowl and add the vinegar and salt. Then add the yogurt and melt the garlic in a mortar, preferably, mix together until homogeneous. If desired, serve with a few slices of bread. Have a great time!