Seasonal Produce: Garlic
It’s not surprising that pungent garlic is related to onions, leeks and shallots. This edible bulb, consisting of about 12 sections or cloves, is an essential ingredient in nearly every cuisine around the globe and is available year-round. The three major types of garlic are white-skinned American garlic, which is the most widely sold and has a strong flavor; Mexican or Italian garlic with purplish skin and a slightly milder flavor; and elephant garlic with orange-sized bulbs and a very mild flavor. While mainly used to flavor cooked dishes, fresh garlic may also be added raw to salad dressings, appetizers and dips. When roasted, the cloves become mellow and buttery soft and are often used as spread for crusty Italian bread slices.