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You and the Great Purple Garlic Expedition…The Adventure Begins!

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There are over 450 different types of garlic. Purple garlic is just one of them, but it is notable. The garlic family is broad and can be classified into two categories; hardneck garlic (Ophioscorodon) and softneck garlic (Sativum). Hardneck garlic is what people refer to as purple garlic. This type of garlic has several even-sized cloves and thick covered by stiff and thick ‘neck’ with purple stripes. The purple coloration is a result of the large presence of organic pigment "anthocyanidin". Softneck garlic also known as “white” garlic is the most common type of garlic available. It features a white paper-like skin. It is also easy to grow in home gardens.

Different types of purple garlic

There are different types of purple garlic species in various parts of the world. Among the well-known species are:

  • Glazed purple stripe: This is one of the most popular types of purple garlic. Its main features are closes with an intense purple coloration and few numbers of cloves per bulb. It is also commonly referred to as “Purple glazer” and “Red Rezan”.
  • Purple stripe: The plant of this type of garlic grows up to 5 feet. It is characterized by a large number of bulbils with a mild purple tone. Another noticeable feature is that they are very difficult to peel. The bulb of purple stripe garlic bears around 8 to 12 cloves. One pound of this kind of purple garlic can provide 60 cloves. Purple stripe garlic plants survive well in cold climates. Other names used to refer to this type of garlic are “Chesnok Red” and “Persian Star”.
  • Marbled Purple Stripe: The plant of marbled purple stripe is resistant to cold climates. A pound of marbled purple stride can produce around 50 cloves. This garlic type is also known as Krasnodar Red or Brown Tempest.

    The difference between white garlic and purple garlic

    White garlic is the other name for softneck garlic. The two types of garlic have several major differences.

  • Besides the color, white garlic (softneck garlic) is widely available, while purple garlic is hard to find.
  • White garlic is also easier to grow than the hardneck (purple) garlic.
  • The other difference is that white garlic has a powerful flavor and scent while the purple garlic tends to have a milder taste and odor. Nevertheless, the hardneck garlic is known to retain its sweet aroma even after cooking.
  • Hardneck garlic is highly perishable compared to softneck garlic.
  • White garlic has more cloves compared to purple garlic.

  • The health benefits of purple garlic

    All types of garlic contain antibiotic properties which help to lower blood pressure and cholesterol. However, purple garlic has been widely used by traditional Chinese medicine practitioners for its various  health benefits.

  • Purple garlic reduces insulin secretion. It enhances insulin synthesis and helps to reduce type II diabetes in some cases.
  • Prevents pre-mature aging. Hardneck garlic contains antioxidants that help to keep wrinkles at bay. People can stay young looking for many years by regularly eating hardneck garlic.
  • Purple garlic reduces the risk of some types of cancer. This type of garlic is rich in allicin and germanium. Germanium helps to block the synthesis of nitrosamine (carcinogenic agent) while allicin inhibits the development and growth of cancer cells.
  • Has an anti-inflammatory effect. The illicin contained in hardneck garlic is said to have an inflammatory effect. This effect plays a major role in prevention of rheumatoid arthritis and cryptosporidium infection in the respiratory and gastrointestinal tracts. To enjoy delicious purple garlic you will need to peel the skin off. Watch this video of a amazing  garlic peeler hack

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