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Celebrate Ontario Garlic This Fall

The world would be a hollow, tasteless place without garlic. Allium sativum has been cultivated for thousands of years. The subject of Greek myth, and featured in the Bible, the Talmud, Islamic and eastern European folklore, garlic is truly one of nature’s wonders, prominent in traditional medicine and indispensible in the cuisines of the entire world.

When it comes to versatility, garlic does not play second fiddle. Roasted, fried, eaten raw, mixed with butter and slathered on bread for garlic bread, roasted and mixed into mashed potatoes, or hummus…everyone has a favorite dish that, without garlic, would be pointless.

Feel like a quick pasta dish but have no sauce?  Mix a little chopped garlic into olive oil and toss with some fresh pasta for linguine to create aglio olio, a dish that transcends its simplicity.

Another garlic quick fix is from Chez Piggy in Kingston. Their famous gambas al ajilo has become a go-to dish that can be served as a meal or appetizer. Sautee peeled shrimp in olive oil for a minute or two, add equal amounts of chopped chili and garlic. Eat with lots of baguette. Sop up the oil like the insatiable fiend you are. Continue »