NEWMARKET -- Garlic lovers from all over York Region came to the “Garlic Is Great Festival” at Riverwalk Commons in Newmarket on Sat, August. 20.
Some of the products available for purchase were garlic jellies, garlic scape spice, garlic scape relish, pickled garlic and garlic scapes. You can use these products as a spread on toast, add garlic spice to stews or soups, and even sprinkle garlic scapes over a salad.
Throughout history garlic has been used to treat bronchitis, high blood pressure, tuberculosis, dysentery, flatulence, colic, diabetes and fevers.
A representative from Acadian Shamrock Farm said that garlic will grow in almost any soil. It is best planted in the fall after Thanksgiving and before the frost as you don’t want the garlic sprouting before winter.
In the spring you will have a bountiful garlic harvest.
Garlic bulbs should be kept in a mesh or wire basket, a small bowl with ventilation holes or even a paper bag. Do not store fresh garlic bulbs in plastic bags or sealed containers because this can cause mold and sprouting.
Moose River Chamois Company stole the show with their demonstration of a garlic grater.
This bumpy ceramic plate will grate any fruit, nut or vegetable very differently than an aluminum cheese grater.
Garlic, ginger and apples come out in a fine puree which spreads like butter. Nutmeg, almonds, chocolate and parmesan cheese come out in a fine powder without crumbling. It is dishwasher safe and this handy ceramic plate will never wear out. It also comes with a garlic peeler and brush.
Garlic is versatile and adds a great flavor to almost any recipe.
Lynn Rae is a reporter and columnist with the Torch Online, as well as a freelance writer and keynote speaker. Visit her personal website at www.myjourneybacktomyself.ca