Garlic is a remarkable food, containing a substance called allicin which provides plenty of healthy boosting properties. It is a fantastic natural antibiotic, helps protect against heart disease and even offers protection against some cancers.
Chopping or crushing garlic helps stimulate its health benefits. Use it generously and liberally in your cooking. The easiest way to paste garlic is simply with a cutlery knife. Hold your peeled garlic clove in your fingers and with the knife just rub firmly against the garlic. You can use some salt to help break it down even more and to make a smoother paste. The finer you chop garlic the more pungent it becomes.
When garlic cloves are cooked or roasted whole the flavour softens and turns almost sweet. However, garlic burns very easily and when it does it turns bitter and unpalatable.
Ginger is excellent for the digestive system and can be helpful in stimulating digestion and reducing nausea. It also possesses potent anti-inflammatory properties and best of all adds a real zing to recipes.
Peel ginger with a teaspoon. Like most things, a lot of the best nutrients are just below the skin so don’t go peeling it all off with a peeler or taking wedges off with a knife. Just gently scrape with the side of a teaspoon.
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