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Garlic Small Cloved Hot Purple Skin Allium Sativum
5+ small cloves of this awesome variety of garlic.
Let me just say right off the bat this isn’t ours its from another local organic grower, but it is awesome, and definitely gets our tick of approval!
*** EDIT*** Actually this lot is ours.
Small bulbs that store really well, it’s a “softneck” so it is great for braiding like in the picture, and the flavour is fantastic!
Really complex range you don’t see in a lot of the other types and the final heat kick at the end is great. Packs quite a punch, but without any bitterness.
We do grow this variety ourselves, along with a few other varieties, but not really enough to sell as we eat so much of it, and I constantly get folks hitting me up about it.
So here it is folks!
Although the cloves are not huge, it’s probably the only one worth bothering with if you don’t have a lot of room and still want that proper garlicky flavor combined a long storage time. Here is a huge wall of data I pinched online>>>
“Garlic health benefits and medicinal properties have long been known. Its long been considered a herbal “wonder drug”, with a reputation for preventing everything from the common cold and flu to the Black Plague! It has been used extensively in herbal medicine and is considered one of the most effective natural cold and flu preventatives available.
Raw garlic is used by some to treat the symptoms of acne and there is some evidence that it can assist in managing high cholesterol levels. It can even be effective as a natural mosquito repellent.
Animal studies, and some early research studies in humans, have suggested possible cardiovascular benefits of garlic. A Czech study found garlic supplementation reduced accumulation of cholesterol on the vascular walls of animals. Another study had similar results, with garlic supplementation significantly reducing aortic plaque deposits of cholesterol-fed rabbits. Another study showed supplementation with garlic extract inhibited vascular calcification in human patients with high blood cholesterol.
The known vasodilative effect of garlic is possibly caused by catabolism of garlic-derived polysulfides to hydrogen sulfide in red blood cells (RBCs), a reaction that is dependent on reduced thiols in or on the RBC membrane. Hydrogen sulfide is an endogenous cardioprotective vascular cell-signaling molecule.
A 2012 meta-analysis of randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trials looking at the effects of garlic on serum lipid profiles, found garlic was superior to placebo in reducing serum total cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Compared with the placebo groups, serum total cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the garlic groups was reduced considerably.
In 2007, the BBC reported Allium sativum may have other beneficial properties, such as preventing and fighting the common cold. This assertion has the backing of long tradition in herbal medicine, which has used garlic for hoarseness and coughs. The Cherokee also used it as an expectorant for coughs and croup.
Garlic is also alleged to help regulate blood sugar levels. Regular and prolonged use of therapeutic amounts of aged garlic extracts lower blood homocysteine levels and has been shown to prevent some complications of diabetes mellitus.
Garlic was used as an antiseptic to prevent gangrene during World War I and World War II. More recently, it has been found from a clinical trial that a mouthwash containing 2.5% fresh garlic shows good antimicrobial activity.
Garlic cloves are used as a remedy for infections (especially chest problems), digestive disorders, and fungal infections such as thrush. Garlic can be used as a disinfectant because of its bacteriostatic and bactericidal properties.
Garlic has been found to enhance thiamin absorption, and therefore reduces the likelihood for developing the thiamin deficiency beriberi.
In 1924, it was found to be an effective way to prevent scurvy, because of its high vitamin C content. Garlic has been used reasonably successfully in AIDS patients to treat Cryptosporidium in an uncontrolled study in China. It has also been used by at least one AIDS patient to treat toxoplasmosis, another protozoal disease.
Garlic supplementation has been shown to boost testosterone levels in rats fed a high protein diet.
A 2010 double-blind, parallel, randomized, placebo-controlled trial, involving 50 patients whose routine clinical records in general practice documented treated but uncontrolled hypertension, concluded, “Our trial suggests that aged garlic extract is superior to placebo in lowering systolic blood pressure similarly to current first line medications in patients with treated but uncontrolled hypertension.”
Well there it is folks.
Limited numbers of a very cool, very easy to grow variety of purple skinned garlic.
Just poke them in the ground like a tear drop with the point just sticking out.
Don’t over water them and you can’t go wrong.
Grown locally organically, no nasties, no chems, no problems!!!