GARLIC

When thinking of true pantry staples, Garlic quickly comes to mind. A member of the onion family, garlic is used for everything from marinades to sauces, meat dishes to soups in your Fresh 20 menus.

Garlic is grown during the months of March to August, but is readily available year round, in the produce area of your grocery store. The Fresh 20 recommends garlic from Melissa’s Produce, if available where you shop.

When choosing garlic, look for a bulb that is firm, tightly closed and plump. Avoid bulbs with green shoots coming out of the top, as this means growth is occurring within the bulb and it is not fresh. Each bulb generally contains 10-20 individual cloves. Once home, your garlic should last 3-4 months if stored in a cool, dry place.

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