A pod of garlic is simply the compound bulb containing the cloves. It is the part of the plant most commonly used in medicine and cooking.Continue Reading
Like the bulbs of many other plants, garlic pods are grown underground, with the above ground part growing up to 2 feet or higher.
Most pods or bulbs consist of between four and 20 individual cloves, depending on the type of garlic. Thai garlic, for instance, contains smaller and more numerous cloves than many Western varieties.
To prepare garlic for use, the cloves are removed from the pod, skinned (if necessary) and often crushed. Garlic can be used fresh, dried, freeze-dried, made into oil or subjected to various processes to extract active chemicals, including allicin and several sulfur-containing compounds.Learn more about Herbs & Spices
To make a simple garam masala spice mix, combine 2 tablespoons coriander seeds, 2 teaspoons peppercorn, 1 tablespoon cumin seed, 1 teaspoon each of cardamom and fennel seed, and 1/2 teaspoon whole cloves in a saucepan. Toast them until they turn a shade darker to enhance the flavors. Grind these ingredients in a spice grinder, and add 2 teaspoon ground cinnamon along with four dried bay leaves, crushed.Full Answer >
While whole cloves are edible, they are very powerful and strong, making them very undesirable to eat whole. When cooked whole in a dish, they are typically discarded without eating, used instead to flavor the dish as a whole.Full Answer >
Common spices include cinnamon, cloves, ginger, nutmeg and red pepper flakes. Cinnamon is an aromatic sweet spice used in cakes, pies and curry blends and though cloves have a sharper aroma and stronger flavor, they complement cinnamon in sweet potato, squash, and pumpkin pies and dishes. Ginger, a tropical plant root, adds zest to gingerbread and apple desserts. Nutmeg is a sweet spice that flavors spinach, winter squash and eggnog, while red pepper flakes add heat to international and Cajun foods.Full Answer >
A Chinese five-spice mixture commonly includes peppercorns, star anise, cloves, cinnamon and fennel seeds. Begin by toasting the whole spices in a dry pan to intensify their flavors. After they have cooled, grind them together to a fine powder and store the blend in an air-tight container.Full Answer >