What is a bunch of garlic called?

In this brief guide, we will answer the question, “What is a bunch of garlic called?”. We will elaborate on how many cloves are in a bunch of garlic and how to store the whole garlic bunch. 

What is a bunch of garlic called?

A bunch of garlic is the entire bulb/head that is enclosed in papery skin. 

When you remove the skin, you will see many wedge-shaped segments, that are known as cloves. These cloves can be easily separated from each other, letting you use the number of cloves you need, leaving the remainder of the bunch (which is also known as a bulb or head) mostly intact. 

How many cloves are in a bunch of garlic?

Most garlic bunches found at the supermarkets have on average 10 to 12 cloves, which can be more or less. 

Some hard-neck garlic types may have a maximum of 30 to 40 cloves per head. Inside the single bunch, however, the cloves would have a variety of sizes.

How to buy and store garlic bulbs?

When you go to buy garlic, make sure to look for garlic bulbs that are white, with no brown or black marks. The bulbs should look healthy without any soft spots or loose cloves. 

As for the storage, dried, intact garlic bulbs will keep for several weeks if kept in an uncovered container in a cool, dry place. 

Cloves that have been detached can be stored for up to ten days. On the contrary, wet garlic can be stored for up to one week in a cold, shaded place.

How to use garlic in recipes?

Garlic is a very common food that can be included in our diet to have the most of its benefits. It can be used in a number of ways for eating. 

It is usually cooked but can also be used raw, which is even more useful because raw garlic preserves all its healthy nutrients. Other than the health benefits, it also adds taste to the dishes, especially soup and sauces. 

Most commonly, people buy whole garlic bunches and mince or slice them for cooking. 

There is a common method of using garlic in houses in routine dishes. All you need to do is press some cloves of garlic and then you mix it in olive oil and a pinch of salt. This not only adds nutritional effects but also a delicious taste.

If you do not like cutting or mincing garlic cloves, you can also purchase pre-prepared minced garlic, garlic oil, or garlic powder. Be mindful that the better processed the garlic, the less scent and flavor it will have, choose as per your personal choices.

What nutrients are present in garlic?

As per the USDA, one teaspoon of garlic provides:

  • Calories: 4
  • Proteins: 0.18 g
  • Fats: 0.01 g
  • Carbs: 0.93 g
  • Fibers: 0.1 g
  • Natural sugars: 0.03 g
  • Calcium: 5 mg
  • Iron: 0.05 mg (0.03% of the daily value (DV)
  • Magnesium: 1 mg
  • Potassium: 11 mg
  • Vitamin C: 0.9 mg (0.02% of the DV)

What are the health benefits of garlic?

You can avail of the following health benefits from adding garlic to your diet:

  • Garlic contains many therapeutic properties. The sulfur that is present in the cloves of the garlic is most useful for the digestive tract, from where they travel to the whole body and show its biological effects.
  • The nutrients present in a clove of garlic boost up the immune system. It also helps in combating flu and the diseases associated with colds. To get the benefits of garlic, you can make this an integral part of your diet.
  • Garlic helps in lowering blood pressure. If you are suffering from hypertension, high blood pressure problems, then you must add garlic to your diet.
  • Garlic helps lower cholesterol levels and, in turn, lower the risk of heart diseases. It also helps in reducing LDL. But, it does not affect the triglycerides.
  • Garlic helps in decreasing the risk of Alzheimer’s disease as well as dementia. Antioxidants present in garlic helps in reducing cell damage and aging.
  • Garlic further helps in improving athletic performance as it helps in relieving fatigue and improving the ability of people to do work.
  • Garlic can fight against heavy metal toxicity in people who add it to their diet. It helps in protecting the body from organ damage.
  • Garlic helps in improving the bones’ health and is particularly beneficial for osteoarthritis.

Conclusion 

In this brief guide, we have provided an answer to the question, “What is a bunch of garlic called?”. We have elaborated on how many cloves are in a bunch of garlic and how to store a whole garlic bunch. 

References 

https://www.allrecipes.com/article/what-is-a-clove-of-garlic/
https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/glossary/garlic-glossary

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.