By: Kelley Dillon and Jenny Breen
This recipe was inspired by our CSA which included garlic from Glassworks Vines.
"There’s nothing better than growing your own food and buying local so you know where your food comes from."
- Joy Hoppe, Glassworks Vines
Garlic was one of the first herbs cultivated. Originally used for medicinal purposes, it’s now mostly used as a spice that enhances the flavors of a dish. Throughout time, garlic has been a staple in virtually every cuisine around the world.
Joy Hoppe is a 5th generation farmer of Glassworks Vines. She believes food is at the center of health equity. Health equity is the equal opportunity for everyone to achieve good health by reducing barriers like limited access to nutritious food.
Garlic cloves are found in the bulbs of bulbous plants. Two types of garlic, softneck and hardneck, differentiate based on stiffness of the plant stem, size, color, and flavor intensity. However, softnecks do not grow well in MN because of our colder climate.
Pungent flavors of garlic and other herbs can replace excess salt in food. Most Americans consume too much sodium from processed foods. Cooking at home is a way to maintain healthy sodium intake. Garlic is also full of vitamin B6 and C, copper, manganese, selenium, and phytonutrients.