Garlic is known throughout history, cultures and alternative medicine in regards to the prevention and treatment of colds. It's no wonder that garlic is used to promote health. It is interesting to note that garlic has played important dietary and medicinal roles throughout history.
In medieval times, garlic was used to treat different diseases. Greek historical records show evidence during the earliest Olympics that garlic was fed to athletes to increase stamina. Whereas Chinese and Indian medicine recommended garlic to aid respiration and digestion.
Koreans swear by the healthy bacteria assisting with digestion based on the use of garlic in fermented cabbage known as kimchi.
Homemade kimchi (Courtesy 3eggsfullblogspot)
During the Renaissance period, Europeans were attracted to the health benefits of garlic.
Garlic Gossip (Courtesy Northside Produce Markets)
Alex Hubert, chef and food consultant from Northside Produce Market (NPM), will be revealing the secrets of garlic with some of NSW's best garlic farmers. Alex will be questioning the garlic farmers on crops, is garlic really the best defence against vampires and find out a few home truths.
Alex will also tempt your taste buds and test your imagination cooking her favourite garlic dishes.
Discover what Garlic Bombs are, how to differentiate the seeds and bulbils from the garlic flower head. Learn how to use parts of garlic which pack a punch and hit ingredient with chefs.
Did you know that seeds were only used to produce blended garlic and it takes two years? Growers prefer to use cloves to propagate, which produces a perfect clone of the original bulb and takes less time to harvest.
Pepe Saya, known for his butter, will be manning a stall producing freshly churned garlic butter exclusively for this event. I hear this product was sold out within two hours last year, so you may need to move fast.
Gilles from Gilles Bonin Australian Garlic will teach you how to plait garlic, so you can show off to all your friends and family.
Wanted to know how to plait garlic (Courtesy Gillies Bonin Australia Garlic website)
Meet garlic growers
- Ken and Libby Morgan from Morganics Farm, moved from Greenwich on the Lower North Shore of Sydney, to a beautiful pine filled farm situated near Orange in Mount Canobolas to start their garlic farm.
- Gilles Bonin and Victoria Clutterbuck of Gilles Bonin Australian Garlic, who have 20 years experience growing garlic, using only the best organic methods.
- Phil Lavers from Moonacres Farm also grows organic Elephant/Russian garlic, not a true garlic but from a different family called Alliaceae with its origins coming from leeks
Hope to see you garlic lovers there.
Northside Produce Market is held on the 1st & 3rd Saturday each month.
FREE parking is available in the Ridge Street Carpark.
Or it is an easy walk from North Sydney Station.
Or from Blue Street Stand D, Bus 168, 202, 203, 209, 227, 228, 230 can drop you at Miller and Ridge Street intersection and a 2 minute walk to the Northside Produce Markets.