Anti-Cancer Foods: How to Handle Garlic, Part 2

What's wrong with this garlicWhat’s wrong with this picture?

No, it has nothing to do with the fact that each bulb has one stem and just a single row of cloves. That’s typical of hardneck garlic, the more expensive form of this cancer-fighting vegetable. The more common softneck garlics come without stubs and have several concentric rows of cloves, protected by lots of papery skin.

What’s wrong is the way I’m storing garlic—exposed to light and heat. (That’s a window in the background.)

In her new book, “Eating on the Wild Side, gardener and grass-fed activist Jo Robinson explains how to handle garlic once you’ve brought it home.

You should wrap the heads in netting (sort of like shower caps for garlic heads?) or throw them into a paper bag, kept open somewhat to allow the air to circulate. Or buy a fancy garlic pot with side holes for ventilation and a lid to block light. Or better yet, keep garlic in the fridge, she says, on a shelf, not in the crisper drawer. The drawer is simply too humid and will cause the garlic to sprout.

Under the right conditions, your friendly bunch of anti-cancer garlic should last up to a couple of months.

1 thought on “Anti-Cancer Foods: How to Handle Garlic, Part 2

  1. Love the book “Eating on the Wild Side” I am currently half way through it. She repeats some of the things you have been saying like cutting up your onions in advance before cooking them and let them sit for at least 10 minutes. Thanks for all the tip…keep it coming!


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