Garlic is a member of the onion family. Its close relatives include the onion, shallot, leek, and chives. Garlic has been used throughout history for both culinary and medicinal purposes. It has a characteristic pungent, spicy flavor that mellows and sweetens considerably with cooking. A bulb of garlic, the most commonly used part of the plant, is divided into numerous fleshy sections called cloves. Single clove garlic, also called Pearl garlic or Solo garlic is available also.
Recently I was chastised by Dave from My Year on the Grill for using jar garlic. He was soooooooooooo right. I did start using it when I was living up in the U.P. working on an investment house and fresh garlic was virtually non-existent. But, there’s no excuse now. So thank you Dave, that comment was just the kick in the butt I needed!