You’re probably one of the millions of people who don’t know that some of the garlic you buy or even eat at your favorite restaurant come from China. Based on the recent report, the United States got its 1/3 of garlic supply from China in just the year 2014.
The truth is, this should not be a cause of concern because this has been happening for years. Unfortunately, some of the garlic from the mentioned country is toxic.
Apart from the fact that quality control has always been an issue, the method of harvesting garlic imported from China is also quite alarming. The producers of the garlic from China use pesticides that don’t abide by the law. They do this to boost the products and sadly, this can affect the health of the people who consume the chemical-laden garlic.
It was discovered that most of the farmers make use of two pesticides that are not allowed by the law for use: phorate and parathion. When these pesticides are used, time and effort are both saved, but what many people don’t know is that they could eat garlic that contain toxic poisons. While these pieces of information may be terrifying for you, there is good news. You can easily spot garlic that contains chemicals, including the pesticides and bleach as well. Here are the ways:
1. Look at the garlic’s exterior. If your garlic does not have stems and roots, it may not be from China. The exporters don’t keep these two parts in order to save weight when they ship the herbs.
2. Examine the weight. Perhaps due to heavy exposure to treatments, garlic from China is much lighter than regular ones.
3. Check the taste. If what you’re eating seems to lack in flavor, it may have come from China. According to experts, garlic grown in California measures 40/40 when it comes to their brix flavor measurement. Meanwhile, those that are from China have an average of 28/40. The difference is extremely distinct, so it helps if you remain vigilant even after doing the two steps above.
But there is one guaranteed way to erase all doubts and concerns regarding the garlic you serve to your family. You can grow garlic in your yard. This way, you are sure that you’re completely knowledgeable about the plant and how you treat it. If you have no space, time, or even the patience to start a garlic planting exercise, buy garlic only from local farmers.