Food Hunter's Guide to Cuisine: Black Garlic Review & Recipe

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Black Garlic Review & Recipe

One of the blogs I monitor on a regular basis is Purveyors of fine bulk foods for home chefs and restaurants, their blog offers quality information on their products along with tips and recipes for use. Right before the holidays was featuring black garlic and offered to send me some to review. I had never had black garlic; nor did I have any idea how to use it in recipes but I was up for the challenge.

For those of you that aren’t familiar with black garlic it’s basically regular garlic that has gone through an intense fermentation process which mellows the flavor and changes the color. Hence the black sticky sweet cloves.

Black garlic is said to be loaded with antioxidants; nearly 2x more than regular garlic. It also lacks the bite and after taste of regular garlic. By that I mean no garlic breath even when you eat a raw clove. And yes, you can eat them raw. The taste is similar to balsamic vinegar; slightly sweet and savory all at once.

The first recipe I tried was for a black garlic tapenade; smeared on some crusty Italian bread this was a big hit at a dinner party I hosted.

After that I just started experimenting. I used it as a substitute in recipes that called for regular garlic and even added it to recipes that didn’t have any garlic. It went really well in a balsamic vinaigrette I made and added a delightful sweetness to a warm lentil salad. I also sautéed it with mushrooms and used it as a topping for grilled chicken. I even mixed it into my scrambled eggs. Yes, that's right I put it in my eggs and I loved it.

I know it’s somewhat hard to find, although I’ve seen it recently at Whole Foods, but I would definitely recommend trying it if you ever have the chance. I think you will be pleasantly surprised. I know I was.


  1. I have never seen this anywhere but would LOVE to try it. I will have to pay more attention next time I'm in Whole Foods. I love all of the things you did with it! It sounds like you got a lot out of the stuff.

  2. Seriously?? Black garlic?? My boyfriend and I are *huge* garlic-eaters, so I'll need to keep my eyes peeled so we can try this.

  3. I have never heard of black garlic. But now I will be on a mission to find it somewhere near me. Thanks!

  4. I've never seen black garlic before! I'll be looking for it. No garlic breath and extra antioxidants? - perfect!

  5. Never heard of black garlic.... But I want it... Now! I wonder if I could make it - must do research.

  6. Thanks for the review! I have been wondering what it was like. I can't wait until I find some up here!

  7. I've never tried any black garlic before. I LOVE garlic. I add it to just about everything. :) Yum!

  8. Oh, black garlic is just amazing! I've only had it once but I'm hopelessly hooked.

  9. Excellent review, I dig the pictures. I purchased some at after I read this post. An absurdly versatile ingredient to say the least.

  10. Hey guys! I HAVE IT, I IMPORT IT and SELL IT!
    or get in touch with me

    Chef Oscar Lippe
    in Washington DC
    or if you are REALLY desperate 202-669-0605

    Have black garlic from China, Korea and the Himalayas.

  11. Shop-Rite now has it.