Christopher Ranch’s California Garlic Blog

It’s no mystery that fresh garlic is one of the most popular, versatile ingredients ever. What remains relatively unknown, however, are the distinct flavor, quality and health differences associated with varying garlic varieties. Christopher Ranch, a family farm in Gilroy, Calif., grows a California heirloom garlic that is a leader in each category. All Garlic Is Not Created Equal. We’ll show you why.

MARCH MADNESS GARLIC STYLE

Even though Spring doesn’t officially hit for another week, I’ve got the fever already. Must be the cherry trees bursting into bloom that’s got me going or it’s the news that our first Green Garlic crop of the season is now being harvested and packed up for market. It should be available in stores any day now and if you don’t see it, puhleeezz ask your produce manager to order it. Look for Green Garlic recipes on our blog roll (click on “older entries” at the bottom of the page) or on our website homepage under “latest product”. Our winning GG recipes are so versatile and tasty they could even make the Sheen machine speechless.

March is National Nutrition Month and what could be more nutritious than fresh California garlic. Garlic is frequently listed as a Super Food because it contains a wide array of nutrients, vitamins and minerals like vitamins B and C, calcium, iron, potassium, phosphorous, manganese, zinc and allicin. Allicin is the active ingredient that gives garlic its flavorful bite and enticing aroma, and several studies say that allicin is the key to garlic’s health benefits including its anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal, antibiotic and antioxident properties.

Waking up to the news this morning that Japan suffered a major earthquake was heartbreaking. The tsunami warning even affected Gilroy as many residents over the hill from us came into the Garlic Capital seeking a safe haven from the threat of rising waters. At this date, it appears that most in California were not affected, but our hearts go out to the people of Japan and also to the people of New Zealand and all points of hardship and chaos in the world. May they all be surrounded by infinite support and compassion in the days, months and years ahead.

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