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Garlic Day – Okay, so we know garlic is expensive right now, But, it’s Garlic day and we simply cannot get enough of the versatility of this vegetable. Yes, that’s right; garlic is actually a vegetable, although it is widely used as a spice or herb in cooking.

Aside from being known as an aromatic ingredient in food, garlic also has a number of health benefits. But, we’re not here to talk about how healthy garlic is. We’re here to make sure that you get the most out of your garlic.

Growing Your Own Garlic

Garlic is a long-term crop and this means that you will be waiting anywhere from 26 to 31 weeks from planting to harvest your first crop.

Growing Tips For Your Garlic

Garlic can be planted from February through to April. They need full sun and should be planted between 10 and 15 centimetres apart. A good thing to remember is that garlic doesn’t grow well when it’s in competition with other plants, especially weeds. For the first few months, garlic develops leaves. This is a good thing because the more leaves develop the more cloves develop underground.

In spring, bulbs begin to develop. Certain varieties will produce flowers. The flowers are edible and should be picked to encourage bulb growth. While garlic doesn’t do well with weeks they are perfect companion plants for tomatoes, lettuce and spinach.

Our Best Garlic Recipes

Delectable Garlic Bread

We all know that garlic bread is always a winner with the braai! But, why not give it a go and try it with some French Onion Soup as the weather starts to turn a little cooler.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup butter, melted
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 loaf French bread, halved lengthwise
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley

Method

  1. Mix together butter and garlic.
  2. Brush over bread and sprinkle with parsley.
  3. Place on a baking sheet cut side up.
  4. Bake for roughly 10 minutes at 180°.
  5. Serve warm.

Garlic Chicken with Herbs

This one is absolutely one of the easiest weeknight meals around! What can get better than dinner in 30 minutes? And, it’s super tasty to boot.

Ingredients

  • 4 to 6 chicken breasts
  • Pinch of salt
  • Touch of pepper
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 8 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 1½ cups of chicken stock
  • Sprig of fresh Thyme and one of Rosemary
  • 2 teaspoons of fresh chives

Method

  1. Season the chicken with pepper and salt and set aside.
  2. Heat the oil in a heavy-based pot ad brown the chicken on both sides.
  3. Remove the chicken and add the garlic to the pot stir continuously until cooked, for about 5 minutes.
  4. Add in stock and stir until the liquid has reduced to about half.
  5. Put the chicken back in the pot and season with herbs.
  6. Serve over couscous or rice.

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