White garlic is the more common garlic in our lives. In addition, purple garlic（purple stripe garlic） is also an important variety of garlic. Although the prices of purple garlic（purple stripe garlic） and white garlic are similar, they have different effects and flavors. So what are the effects of purple garlic（purple stripe garlic）? How does purple garlic taste（purple stripe garlic）? What are the differences between purple garlic（purple stripe garlic） and white garlic?
What is purple garlic?
Purple garlic or purple striped garlic is one of the hard-necked varieties of garlic with purple stripes on the outer skin. The purple garlic cloves have few but large petals, an intense, spicy flavor, and good quality. In addition, the purple garlic bulbs have a long storage life and can provide a unique flavor throughout the winter. In the cold northern regions, the traditional planting method of purple garlic has always been spring planting and summer harvest. By this way, the storage of purple garlic is troublesome in winter, but the yield of purple garlic is low. To improve the economic benefits of growing purple garlic, purple garlic is generally cultivated through winter. This approach solves the problems of draining, mildew, and heat damage to purple garlic seeds and significantly increases the yield of purple garlic.
Single head purple garlic
There is also single-head garlic in purple garlic, which has anti-cancer effects. The single-headed purple garlic is actually a plant with insufficient nutrition, stunted growth, and unable to produce multiple purple garlic bulbs. Its spicy taste is unique, has specific medicinal value, and its anti-cancer effect is higher than ordinary split garlic. Compared with regular garlic, single-head purple garlic contains more allicin, effectively killing bacteria.
Smash or slice the single head of purple garlic and apply it to the affected area to treat swelling and pain, frostbite, fleshy thorns, toothache, poisonous insect bites, etc.
Single-head purple garlic can be eaten with a bit of sugar to relieve symptoms of vomiting and diarrhea; single-head purple garlic can also treat colds, coughs, or stomach colds. Usually, eat more single-head purple garlic, which can lower blood pressure and blood lipids and prevent cancer. In addition, single-head purple garlic also has the effect of removing fishy and greasy.
The origin of purple garlic
Generally speaking, people think that the origin of purple garlic (purple stripe garlic) is now Central Asia and West Asia. An ancient agricultural village in the Baja Peninsula. This is a dusty, steep, and mountainous place. Since Spanish missionaries first planted purple garlic 300 years ago, they have been growing purple garlic here! The Spanish have always liked high-quality wine and purple garlic (purple stripe garlic). They grow organic purple garlic (purple stripe garlic) anciently and use naturally-generated goat manure to fertilize purple garlic. Because purple garlic (purple stripe garlic) usually takes a long way to be served after being picked, So they bred it into a more pungent flavor!
What’s the difference between purple garlic and white garlic
We usually find white garlic in most grocery stores. It is a soft neck garlic variety, which means that the stem does not grow through the center of the bulb. Therefore, the stem at the end of the white garlic always remains soft. This is why traditionally, garlic strings are woven from white garlic.
The purple garlic is garlic with purple skin, and the color of the inner cloves is the same as that of white garlic. Purple garlic is a type of hard-necked garlic: a woody stalk grows in the center of each bulb. You may often see purple garlic in some supermarkets, but it is usually easier to find purple garlic in farmers’ markets.
The difference between purple garlic and white garlic
Purple garlic is more spicy
- Purple garlic cloves (purple stripe garlic) are medium in size and uniform, with a strong spicy flavor, early ripening, and good quality. Therefore, purple garlic is suitable for garlic bulb cultivation.
- White garlic has few large cloves (or a small amount of clamped cloves), thin and white skin, sticky and spicy. In comparison, white garlic juice is more sufficient. In addition, the white garlic plant is tall and hardy, so the growth momentum and adaptability are also strong.
Purple garlic is more nutritious
Both purple garlic and white garlic contain protein, vitamins, cellulose, phosphorus, iron, calcium, and other mineral nutrients. Although purple garlic and white garlic generally contain similar nutrients, according to modern medical analysis: due to various reasons, purple garlic contains more anthocyanins than white garlic (the most significant effect of anthocyanins is antioxidant). The selenium in white garlic is more abundant than purple garlic to choose according to our needs.
Purple garlic has a better antibacterial effect
Purple garlic is more antibacterial than white garlic. Compared with white garlic, purple garlic has a more spicy taste. Researchers found that the content of allicin in purple garlic is relatively higher, so the antibacterial effect is more obvious. This is why when everyone eats raw garlic; purple garlic is more pungent than white garlic.
Purple garlic likes to dry
- Generally speaking, white garlic has thinner skin and higher cold resistance, but it also contains more water than purple garlic. Therefore, if you store white garlic, use a plastic bag or a fresh-keeping bag to seal it up, put it in the refrigerator, and keep it sealed at a lower temperature.
- Generally we place purple garlic in a dry and ventilated place. After the purple garlic is dried in the shade, hang it for storage, and it is not suitable to explore it in the sun.
How to choose purple garlic
1. Look at the color of purple garlic
Purple garlic with darker skin and more evenly distributed stripes is of better quality. Do not buy purple garlic if the skin color is light and the stripes are unevenly distributed.
2. Look at the appearance of purple garlic
When choosing purple garlic, try to choose a round shape with better wrapping. Do not choose purple garlic that is chipped or deformed. Choose the purple garlic cloves that have obvious arcs, are evenly distributed, and are closely connected. Purple garlic cloves are big and full, and the quality of this kind of purple garlic is better.
3. Look at the top of purple garlic
When selecting purple garlic, please pay attention to its top. Generally, purple garlic will grow new buds from the top. If you find that purple garlic has sprouted, it is recommended not to buy it. The sprouting of purple garlic will affect its nutritional content. Put the purple garlic on your hand and touch it lightly. If the purple garlic cloves feel firm, dry, heavy, and firm when held, it is good purple garlic. If the purple garlic cloves are soft to the touch and dented, the inside of the purple garlic may have begun to deteriorate, so don’t buy it.
Purple garlic turned purple and can still be eaten？
Purple garlic contains anthocyanins, which are water-soluble pigments that can turn purple garlic cloves into purple or blue under acidic conditions. This is a variable phenomenon, which is more evident for immature purple garlic. But there may be differences between individual purple garlic cloves! Sometimes purple garlic has more blue pigment, which becomes more obvious after fermentation. Iron, tin, and aluminum in the water or the water leached from the utensils will react with the pigments in purple garlic. As long it’s not fuzzy, it’ll be safe to eat.
When your purple garlic turned purple in the kitchen:
- There are no signs of deterioration, such as a bad smell or mold, and your purple garlic is safe to eat.
- There are too many unexpected variables that cause purple garlic turned purple, so you may not be able to pinpoint the only reason.
- No one has discovered how to turn purple garlic back to white, although continuing to heat purple garlic may turn it into a pinkish brown.
When you find that your purple garlic turned purple, don’t panic. Even if someone notices that purple garlic turned purple, they will not ask too much. If someone happens to ask why there are bright purple-blue spots on purple garlic, please tell them your secret: “The saucer needs a certain color.”