How big is a clove of garlic?

In this brief article, we are going to answer the question,”How big is a clove of garlic?”, and discuss what garlic is, along with the nutritional profile and health benefits of garlic and how garlic can be used in the preparation of foods

How big is a clove of garlic?

Garlic clove is about 1 inch long and larger garlic cloves can range from about 1.25-1.4 inches in length. The diameter of the small garlic clove is ⅜-½ of an inch wheres larger garlic cloves have a diameter of ⅝-¾ inches.

What is garlic?

Garlic is a white bulb considered as a herb and is added to food for flavour. The whole garlic is called the head or knob. Each part of a particular garlic is known as a clove. The colour of garlic is white when looked at the overall picture and when the garlic cloves are peeled, the clove appears to be a creamy yellowish colour. 

Garlic is not eaten raw, but is added to cook foods in the form of powders, minced or chopped garlic, and garlic paste. It is also mixed with ginger powders and paste and sold in supermarkets. 

What is the nutritional profile of garlic?

Garlic in its raw form is rich in a substance known as Allicin which gives the garlic its characteristic properties. A clove of garlic consists of various nutrients such as manganese, vitamin B, Vitamin C and Selenium with negligible amounts of copper and decent levels of copper, calcium, potassium, phosphorus iron and thiamin. A clove of garlic consists of about 5 calories. 

What are the health benefits of garlic?

Allicin, s-allyl cysteine along with other bioactive compounds in garlic play a role in the health benefits of garlic.

Garlic has been used in the field of medicine due to its medicinal properties. It is used to treat common cold, flu and cough and the bioactive nutrients found in it are beneficial to enhance the immune system. Garlic is also known to reduce blood pressure and therefore reduce the risk of heart diseases, such as myocardial infarction and stroke.

It is also used as a food source to lower blood glucose levels, thereby preventing the risk of diabetes. Garlic is also beneficial in increasing the physical performance which can be specially useful in athletes. The sulphur compounds found in garlic have a beneficial role in detoxifying heavy metals in the body. 

Garlic is a potent effective remedy in a painful uterine condition known as endometriosis as it helps with the pain. They are also beneficial to prevent the risk of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, commonly abbreviated as NAFLD. 

Taking aged garlic orally has also been shown to be beneficial for the prevention of a severe gum infection known as periodontitis. 

They are also beneficial against stomach cancer and H.pylori; a bacteria which survives in the acidic conditions in the stomach and causes the formation of ulcers. Precautions should however be taken in certain conditions especially in bleeding disorders as the intake of garlic may increase the risk of bleeding. 

Conclusion

In this brief article, we answered the question,”How big is a clove of garlic?”, and discussed what garlic is, along with the nutritional profile and health benefits of garlic and how garlic can be used in the preparation of foods

References

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/11-proven-health-benefits-of-garlic
https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-300/garlic
https://www.medicinenet.com/how_much_is_a_clove_of_garlic/article.htm

Hi, I am Charlotte, I love cooking and in my previous life, I was a chef. I bring some of my experience to the recipes on this hub and answer your food questions.