Honey Fermented Garlic
Honey fermented garlic is a simple and nutritious condiment made by fermenting garlic cloves in raw honey, and super easy to make at home.
During the fermentation process, the garlic softens and the mixture takes on a slightly tangy, sweet flavour. The probiotics produced during the fermentation process provide additional health benefits, such as boosting the immune system, supporting cardiovascular health, aiding digestion, reducing inflammation, and enhancing flavour. This fermented garlic and honey mixture can be added to a variety of dishes for added flavour and nutrition, and can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 6 months.
- 1 head of garlic
1 cup of raw honey
1 large mason jar with a tight-fitting lid
- Clean and peel the cloves of garlic.
Put the peeled garlic cloves in the mason jar.
Pour the raw honey over the garlic, making sure to completely cover the cloves.
Stir the mixture well to ensure the garlic is evenly coated with the honey.
Close the lid tightly and let the mixture sit at room temperature for 3-5 days.
Check the mixture daily, stirring it gently to distribute the honey and prevent mold from forming.
After 3-5 days, the garlic should have softened and the mixture should have a slightly tangy aroma.
Pour the fermented garlic and honey mixture into a clean glass bottle with a tight-fitting lid.
Store the fermented garlic and honey in the refrigerator for up to 6 months.
Health Benefits of Fermented Garlic in Honey
- Boosts Immune System: The combination of fermented garlic and honey is believed to boost the immune system and protect against illness.
Supports Cardiovascular Health: Garlic has been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease and lower cholesterol levels.
Aids Digestion: The probiotics produced during the fermentation process can help improve digestive health and reduce symptoms of digestive discomfort.
Reduces Inflammation: Garlic has natural anti-inflammatory properties, which can help reduce inflammation in the body.
Enhances Flavour: Fermenting garlic in honey not only enhances its health benefits but also its flavour, making it a delicious addition to many dishes.
Note: It is important to use raw, unprocessed honey as it contains beneficial enzymes and probiotics that support the fermentation process.
- Ginger and Honey Fermented Garlic: Add 1-2 inches of freshly grated ginger to the mixture of garlic and honey before fermenting. This will add a spicy, zesty flavour to the mixture.
Turmeric and Honey Fermented Garlic: Add 1-2 teaspoons of turmeric powder to the mixture of garlic and honey before fermenting. This will add a warm, earthy flavour to the mixture and also provide anti-inflammatory benefits.
Cinnamon and Honey Fermented Garlic: Add 1-2 teaspoons of cinnamon powder to the mixture of garlic and honey before fermenting. This will add a sweet, spicy flavour to the mixture and also provide antioxidant benefits.
Rosemary and Honey Fermented Garlic: Add 1-2 sprigs of fresh rosemary to the mixture of garlic and honey before fermenting. This will add a woody, herbaceous flavour to the mixture and also provide antioxidant benefits.
Note: The amount of ginger, turmeric, cinnamon, or rosemary added can be adjusted to taste. Be sure to let the mixture ferment for 3-5 days before storing in the refrigerator, and stir gently daily to prevent mould from forming.