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Late to find favor, garlic is now a vital ingredient

Garlic, dubbed The Stinking Rose, is a much-used herb, but do we know much about it? Americans consume more than 250 million pounds annually. It wasn’t until around 1940 that America embraced garlic, finally recognizing its value as not only a minor seasoning, but as a major ingredient in recipes. It had been frowned upon by gourmet food experts in this country until the first quarter of the 20th century, being found almost exclusively in the ethnic dishes of working class neighborhoods. Today we add it to recipes either in salt, fresh or dried forms without even thinking about it.

Besides being a flavoring for other foods, garlic can stand alone. Baked whole garlic cloves are considered a gourmet dish and can be found on many upscale restaurants’ menus. If you haven’t already tried this item, try it now. Its nutty flavor will delight your palate.

When garlic cloves are baked whole, the flavor mellows into a sweet, almost nutty flavor that hardly resembles an...

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