Why You Need To Start Pickling Garlic

Unless you are part of the royal family and have sworn off garlic and onions, chances are you like the intense smell and taste of the freshly peeled and sliced bulbs. How could you not? Garlic is an Italian cooking staple when it comes to pasta sauces. Not to mention, it's a culinary favorite among chefs and home cooks, partly due to its pungent aroma. There's even the three-day Gilroy Garlic Festival held in Gilroy, California, that celebrates all things garlic (via Gilroy Garlic Festival). It's no wonder garlic is revered as a powerhouse root vegetable.  

Now TikTok is making pickling garlic cool too. According to Pop Sugar, TikToker @LalaLeluu posted a video noshing down on some spicy pickled garlic, enticing us all to try this kimchi-inspired snack. While eating a spoonful of this savory treat, the TikToker shows a jar of natural pickled garlic drained of the vinegar — not the kind packed in oil — and shares how they customized it by adding sriracha, chili flakes, and thyme. With its many uses, benefits, and awesome flavor, you may soon find yourself jumping on the pickled garlic trend too.

Garlic's nutrients increase with pickling

If you want to try out this recipe, there are a few things you need to know. First, pickled garlic tastes nothing like raw garlic. According to Tablespoon, when you pickle garlic, its flavor becomes less biting to the taste buds. The blog describes its flavor as "mellow," "soft," and "sweet," not exactly how we would describe raw garlic. The outlet also notes that pickled garlic is perfect for antipasto and sandwiches. Secondly, pickled garlic has been around for a long time, per WebMD. Last, garlic also offers a treasure trove of health benefits.

WebMD shares that garlic's nutrients change and increase when you pickle it. Not only that, but the ease of absorption of all of garlic's vitamins and minerals also tops the list of fermented garlic's improved advantages. WebMD further explains that pickled garlic's antioxidants and B-vitamins have the potential of boosting your immune system, with studies showing fewer sick days taken when you consume large amounts of garlic. In addition, garlic may aid in reducing blood pressure when you eat at least four cloves a day, as well as improve cholesterol levels by lowering the bad LDL found in your blood. All good things, right? 

On the flip side, WebMD warns that pickled garlic can also negatively interact with some medications and cause allergies. So, as with all food trends, consult your doctor before making any radical changes to your diet.