Organic California Granulated Garlic

Organic California Granulated Garlic
Organic California Granulated Garlic
Organic California Granulated Garlic Organic California Granulated Garlic
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Organic Granulated Garlic

Organic Granulated Garlic, Allium sativum, is also called organic garlic granules or California granulated garlic.

Granulated Garlic has an essential oil of .1% - .25%.

What Is Granulated Garlic

Organic Granulated Garlic is made from dehydrated California grown garlic and is used in cooking as a flavor enhancement. Garlic is a species in the genus Allium, with close cousins including chives, leeks, or onions, and shallots. The process of making granulated garlic includes dehydrating the vegetable, then milling it through machinery. Best of all – it is easier to use than roasting and/ or chopping fresh garlic.

This is one of the only spices that people tend to think is more flavorful when it has been dried since it concentrates the flavor significantly. Unlike fresh garlic that typically has a very upfront flavor, dehydrated garlic adds more subtle complexity and umami to anything it is added to. Do not think of Granulated Garlic as a replacement for fresh garlic. Because it is not. Think of it as its own spice that can really enhance some dishes. In addition, Granulated Garlic can be kept for up to a year, whereas fresh garlic will go bad rather quickly.

History of Garlic

Botanists believe that Garlic is most likely native to Central Asia. This region stretches from the Caspian Sea in the west to China and Mongolia in the east, and from Afghanistan and Iran in the south to Russia in the north. Historically Central Asia has been closely linked to the Silk Road trade route.

Sumerians (2600–2100 BC), who are the earliest known civilization, were in the southernmost part of Mesopotamia, between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers (this area later became Babylonia and is now southern Iraq). The Sumerians used garlic for its healing qualities, and it is believed they introduced garlic to China, and from there it eventually spread into Japan and Korea.

The ancient Egyptians are believed to be the first people to use garlic as a food flavoring and not just for its purported medicinal benefits. Susan Boro Moyers author of the book Garlic in Health, History, and World Cuisine wrote “records suggest that the poor and slave populations in ancient Egypt had a very simple diet, consisting mostly of flatbread, beer, garlic, and onion.” Egyptians believed that garlic increased strength and endurance and was used as a source of energy by the salves who built the pyramids (built from roughly 2550 to 2490 BC), and garlic was buried within those pyramids with the pharaohs. Thousands of years after the pharaohs were entombed, archeologists have discovered perfectly preserved cloves of garlic inside clay pots, with several of those pots shaped like garlic cloves.

The crusaders (1096 and 1291 AD) introduced garlic to medieval Europe where it became used by the lower rungs of society who couldn't afford expensive imported spices like black pepper from the Far East. These lower classes used herbs they could grow. Garlic’s intense flavor helped peasants add flavor to their otherwise bland diets.

Bulbs like garlic grew naturally in the woods of North America at the time of colonization and Native Americans used these bulbs in their tea. Garlic was introduced to early America by the explorers and sailors from France and Portugal. Until the 1940s, garlic was considered an insignificant flavoring in America and was only present in distinctly "immigrant" food. After the 1940s however, garlic gained a lot of traction in the mainstream American diet.

Gilroy, California in the United States has an interesting relationship with garlic. There the locals have an intense pride for their garlic crops, it's nearly the level of intensity that you will find for wine in Italy, pork in Spain, or chile peppers in New Mexico. Gilroy is the self-proclaimed garlic capital of the world.

Today Americans consume over 250 million pounds of garlic annually.

Garlic Cultivation

Garlic can be grown successfully in any well-drained soil. Light soils are best for garlic production; soils which are too heavy can cause bulb deformation. Ideal soil ranges from sandy loam to clay loam. Garlic is planted in the fall and should be grown on raised beds covered with mulch with drip irrigation. The application of 1 inch of water per week during dry periods through mid-June will ensure good sizing. Garlic should not be irrigated after this period to encourage clove maturation and to minimize bulb diseases.

Garlic is a bulbous perennial plant that is most likely native to Central Asia. Grown through the planting of cloves, referred to as garlic seed, garlic is typically planted from mid-September through November in garlic beds in double rows at a density of 18 plants/foot. Garlic is irrigated with either overhead sprinklers until the roots are established, then surfaced irrigated. Commercial garlic farmers typically flow water down small trenches running through their crops.

A few weeks before garlic is scheduled to be harvested irrigation of the fields is halted to allow the garlic plants to begin to dry out. Garlic that is destined to be dehydrated is allowed to dry for approximately one month at which point the tops of the plants are mechanically removed. Just before harvesting, the beds are lightly watered which makes removal with mechanical diggers less likely to damage the garlic cloves. Once harvested the garlic bulbs are transported to the processing facility where the blubs are placed in a warm air tunnel for additional drying. Once this is complete the bulbs are placed in storage until they are processed (i.e. chopped, ground, minced, roasted, etc.).

The world's leading producers of garlic are China (75% of the world's total), India, Korea and the United States.

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Types of Garlic

There are over 600 varieties of garlic but there are only two main types of garlic: hardneck and softneck. Hardneck garlic is the most closely related to natural garlic, while softneck garlic has been selectively crossbred over the years to maximize yields for commercial production. Hardneck garlic produces a flowering stock called a scape and has a firm center that grows through the bulb. Softneck garlic does not have a scape. Hardneck garlic is often smaller, with only 4-12 cloves per bulb, and is more frost tolerant. Softneck garlic produces 8-20 cloves per bulb. Hardneck garlic is more common in colder climates while softneck garlic thrives in milder climates. Our California grown garlic is of the softneck type.

What Does Organic Granulated Garlic Taste Like

A very distinct flavor which can only be described as garlicky.

Granulated Garlic vs Garlic Powder

Both Granulated Garlic and Garlic Powder are made from dehydrated garlic. The only difference between the two is the granule size. Granulated Garlic has a coarser consistency, like cornmeal or sand. Garlic powder is finely ground to a flour consistency. The flavor of Garlic Powder is the more potent of the two as more of the surface area of the garlic is exposed to oxygen, releasing more of its organosulfur compounds. Because of this additional potency you only need 1/8 teaspoon of Garlic Powder to equal 1 clove of garlic but need 1/4 teaspoon of Granulated Garlic to achieve the same level of flavor.

Granulated Garlic is less likely to clump, making it better to use with liquids like salad dressings, sauces, soups, and stews. We also prefer using it in spice blends as Garlic Powder tends to mix unevenly and is more likely to cause clumping.

With Garlic Powder's increased potency (teaspoon to teaspoon) this should be the choice when you need your dried garlic to dissipate and meld into your recipe quickly without adding texture, like in a marinade or pasta sauce.

How to Use Granulated Garlic

Granulated Garlic is usually the preferred choice of the various types of dried of garlic when substituting for fresh. Granulated Garlic is especially good with just about anything savory. It's wonderful on breads (think garlic bread), cheese-based dishes, chili, popcorn, root vegetables, soups, spice blends, and stews.

Granulated Garlic pairs well with basil, beans, chile peppers, ginger, greens, onions, spinach, and turmeric.

What Is a Substitute for Granulated Garlic

1 fresh garlic clove = ¼ teaspoon of granulated garlic or 1/8 teaspoon of garlic powder or ½ teaspoon of minced garlic.


IngredientsOrganic California Garlic
Also CalledOrganic garlic granules or California granulated garlic
Recommended UsesBreads (think garlic bread), cheese-based dishes, chili, popcorn, root vegetables, soups, spice blends, and stews
Flavor ProfileA very distinct flavor which can only be described as garlicky
Oil Content.1% - .25%
Botanical NameAllium sativum
How To StoreAirtight container in a cool, dark place
Shelf Life6-12 months
Country of OriginUS
Dietary PreferencesGluten Free, Kosher, Non-GMO


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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size1 tsp

Amount Per Serving


% Daily Value*

Total Fat0g0%

Saturated Fat0g0%

Trans Fat0g

Polyunsaturated Fat0g

Monounsaturated Fat0g



Total Carbohydrate2.5g1%

Dietary Fiber0.5g2%

Total Sugars0.1g

Added Sugars0g0%

Sugar Alcohol0.0g


Vitamin D0mcg0%




*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice. These values were calculated and therefore are approximate. For more accuracy, testing is advised.

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Victor Y. (Verified buyer) 05/05/2022
My favorite in taste, it My favorite in taste, it get the job done.

Jean S. (Verified buyer) 02/25/2022
Very good quality. Delicious taste. Very good quality. Delicious taste. Smells like garlic should smell.

JEFFREY B. (Verified buyer) 02/21/2022
This is the best granulated This is the best granulated garlic we have purchased and feel it is much more flavorful than even the Frontier brand. Won’t bother with anything else going forward. SpicesInc always does a great job of processing and shipping.

Craig P. (Verified buyer) 02/10/2022
5 Thumbs up Texture and aroma is much better than other brands.

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Dale A. (Verified buyer) 09/16/2021
It's hard to find organic It's hard to find organic GRANULATED garlic. I am so glad to have found this source. It seems quite good to me, both in taste and texture. Will definitely buy again.
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