Raw garlic adds a savory, pungent bite to every dish it’s used in, but some people find the strong flavor off-putting. Roasting garlic in the oven brings out its unique flavor while softening its rough edges. In addition to its creamy texture and mild, buttery flavor, roasted garlic offers powerful antioxidants and plenty of vitamin C, making it as nutritious as it is delicious.
An ordinary garlic clove is a source of trace elements and one of the most useful natural remedies for developing immunity. We use it in a crushed form as a seasoning, add to dishes to preserve the taste of products, use for sauces and various unconventional medical potions. It is difficult to overestimate the value of garlic in modern cuisine.
What unique properties does it have and why is it so useful?
Why is garlic so useful?
Garlic has powerful anti-inflammatory and immune-strengthening effect. It has a strong antioxidant value and protects the body cells, slowing down aging and purifying the blood.
If you want to preserve and enhance these properties of garlic, try to bake it. A six-minute oven preparation will not only significantly increase its beneficial effect, but will also remove the bitterness and allow you to add it as an ingredient or spice to almost any dish, making it sweet and pleasant.
Roasted garlic is a delicious member of the onion family that can be eaten on its own or used to add some flavor to a variety of foods. If you’re a fan of roasted garlic, then you should know that not only does it flavor your food, it also has health benefits. Learn a little bit more about how roasted garlic may be increasing your health while making your food taste great.
Roasted Versus Raw
There are a few benefits of roasted garlic versus eating it raw. Raw garlic can be hard to swallow, and as you roast it, it’s flavor becomes a bit sweeter and more mild, so this is a major flavor benefit of roasting it. Also, it is believed that chopping and roasting for a short period can stimulate and release the compounds in garlic that give garlic its healthy benefits.
Another benefit of eating roasted garlic is increased heart health and a stronger cardiovascular system. It’s important to not roast the garlic too long, say around 10 minutes, and also don’t microwave it, as this can deplete its beneficial properties. Garlic has been found to help lower blood pressure, which is why many doctors recommend it to those with high blood pressure. It can help lower cholesterol as part of a balanced die, and can also help prevent arteries from clogging.
Along with helping your body fight off colds and infections, roasted garlic has also been found to help in the prevention of certain cancers of the digestive system. Cancers that garlic may help you prevent are stomach cancer, colon cancer and intestinal cancer, and a few other kinds such as breast cancer and prostate cancer.
If you have digestive issues, such as irritable bowel syndrome or gastroesophageal reflux disease, try eating roasted garlic to help with symptoms like heartburn, nausea and indigestion. Since roasted garlic is milder than raw garlic, it is much easier to ingest if you have digestive issues, as it won’t upset your stomach as much as raw garlic would. Garlic helps digestive health by promoting the production of fluids that help in digestion, assisting in the removal of waste from the body and decreasing inflammation of the stomach.
Roasted garlic can help boost your immune system. Thanks to its antibacterial properties, garlic can strengthen immunities and help fight off bacteria and illnesses. So next time you feel the onslaught of a cold, or there is one going around your home or work, try eating some roasted garlic to keep yourself from getting sick.
Roasted garlic can also be used to treat a number of ailments on the outside of your body. It’s effective in treating athlete’s foot by rubbing the warm clove onto the affected area. You can also use it for other skin infections like acne, as well as a treatment for small wounds to prevent infection. Interestingly, a warm clove of roasted garlic can also be applied to an infected ear to treat pain and infection.
Helpful trick: before roasting, crush the garlic cloves and leave them for 10 minutes. In this way, garlic will release allicin, which is known for its bactericidal properties, significantly reducing the negative effect of heat influence in the oven.
How to Roast Garlic
Preheat your oven to 400 F. Slice the top off your whole garlic, exposing the tops of the cloves. Remove any loose papery layers on the outside of the garlic without peeling it all the way. Place your garlic with the cut side up on a baking sheet, in a ramekin or, if you’re roasting multiple heads of garlic, in a muffin tin. Drizzle the top of the garlic with olive oil and season with kosher salt and cracked black pepper. Cover with aluminum foil and roast for 25 minutes or until the cloves are fragrant and have softened through. Serve as a spread on a crusty baguette or puree the softened cloves for use in recipes.