Ask the Cook: Where Can I Buy Black Garlic?

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This week's question: Where can I find Black Garlic?

Black garlic has been touted as a top food trend and a super health food, and it's been featured on Top Chef and Iron Chef episodes. Yet it remains an obscure ingredient, not easily sourced even at specialty food stores or Asian markets in Phoenix.

I first tasted it at the 2010 Specialty Food Show in San Francisco this past January.

Black Garlic Inc
Carol Blonder
Black Garlic Inc

 I discovered black garlic is actually not an ancient ingredient, although fermented garlic has been used in Korean cuisine, and widely valued for potential health benefits. Those benefits have yet to be scientifically proven; studies are in the works.

The process used by the American producer Black Garlic Inc. was developed by owner Scott Kim. Creating black garlic involves four stages and results in whole black garlic heads as well as black garlic powder, juice, and paste.

Kim's garlic heads come from California and South Korea. He ferments the garlic for three weeks in a (secret) machine he developed, using high heat and controlled humidity. The garlic is then set out to dry in a controlled environment for one week prior to packaging for sale.

 Black Garlic Head
Black Garlic Inc
Black Garlic Head

Tasting black garlic was a surprise. The bitter notes found in raw garlic are absent. The black garlic has an earthy, mild, fruity quality. The consistency is soft; it is surprisily sweet and slightly sticky. On my tongue, it was reminiscent of aged balsamic vinegar that has been reduced, with an added hint of molasses. Black garlic has that fifth dimension of taste, unami.

So where can you get it?

Sadly, not around here -- at least, not that I've found.

Black garlic can be ordered on-line.

It's an ingredient that can easily be applied to add flavor and dimension to a dish. Simply using it as a topping it on a bruschetta is a great introduction. Find recipes and where to order on Black Garlic Inc's website.

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6 comments
Jarilyn
Jarilyn

Where can I get Black Garlic in Washinton DC & Arlington Va area? Whole Foods, Trader Joe's, or other specialty markets that I visited have even heard of it. Does anyone know of a local DC or Virginia store where I can purchase black garlic?

Jarilyn
Jarilyn

Does anyone know where to buy in Arlington VA & Washington DC area. Whole Foods, Trader Joes, Safeway, local Korean Markets that I have visited have never heard of this product. I first heard of Black Garlic on the Dr Oz show. I prefer to purchase Black Garlic from a local store in the Washington DC & Arlington VA areas.

denise
denise

I would like to know where I can purchase the black garlic in NYC

denise
denise

I would like to know where I can purchased the black garlic in New York City

Denise
Denise

I would like to know why I can purchased the black garlic in new york

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