We use garlic almost every day in our meals.We add it to different dishes and salads or as a dressing. But did you know the 3 facts about garlic that will blow your mind?
The fact no. 1 is that 80 % of the garlic sold worldwide actually comes from China.
Fact no.2 is that in 2014 in the USA there were 138 million pounds of garlic imported.
Fact no.3 that trend of imported Chinese garlic is growing.
3 Ways You Can Differentiate the Chinese From American Garlic
1. Different Flavor
This might be a hard way for you to differentiate the garlic. However, some chefs say they actually know if the garlic is Chinese, even in cases when it is mixed with other things. How are they able to do that? The chefs say that the Chinese garlic has a metallic taste.
And this might make sense, simply because of its allicin level, that is the compound that leads to the taste and smell of the garlic. The garlic from America has 4400 parts per million i.e. ppm. And in comparison, the garlic from China has 3500 parts per million i.e. ppm.
2. Difference in Weight
The content of the American garlic is with less water in comparison to the garlic from China. The garlic from China is 37 % solid, while the American garlic is 24 % solid.
So next time you purchase garlic, test it yourself. Just squeeze its bulb. The crucial thing you need to have on your mind is that when the garlic is firm, then it is fine.
3. Roots Leftover
There are few import regulations when it comes to Chinese garlic. And, one of the rules is that this garlic cannot have a root. The farmers from China need to remove the root to prevent particular soil born diseases and illnesses to enter the country.
And another important fact is that the farmers in America don’t need to take out the root. Sure, most of the garlic in the USA is actually imported, but now that you know this you can choose right.
Another alternative is to search for locally grown garlic or if the garlic from the market is without label you can ask about its origin. You can prevent harmful chemicals to enter into the body simply by making sure of what you and others around you consume.