Forever Young - Garlic Is Among 8 "Stay-Young Foods"

Move over Botox and facelifts. Hello, grapefruit, almonds, avocados and garlic. Why pay for chemicals and surgery, when there are various healthful foods and beverages that can also help prevent aging, in addition to strengthening your health, increasing your energy and improving your mood? ...more

"BRIX blasts" highlight produce at the peak of flavor

Flavor is a well-orchestrated symphony of the senses. Nothing beats the experience of sinking your teeth into a perfectly ripe strawberry or a nice juicy peach.  However, sometimes the senses fail us--ever felt the disappointment of  a piece of fruit that looks and smells exquisite, but just doesn’t taste as good as anticipated?  So how can you select fruit that will deliver mouth watering flavor, bite after bite, every time? Fortunately, we have another resource to support our pursuit of flavor…BRIX! ...more

California Heirloom Garlic Is Our Forte...Yet, We Dabble In Ginger, Basil, Pesto, Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Peppers & More

Now, I don't typically use this blog as a blatant promotional tool for Christopher Ranch. Or, at least, I try not to. While, yes, the majority of posts do relate to fresh garlic in some manner, and consequently, Christopher Ranch, I do my best to avoid screaming - "use Christopher Ranch products - they're the best products EVER!" I try to utilize a little tact, which isn't always an easy thing for me to do. ...more

San Diego, Seafood, Garlic - A Trifecta Made In Heaven

I fell in love this weekend.  Though not with a person. Or anything breathing, for that matter. My heart now belongs to this little place called San Diego. There are hundreds of reasons why San Diego is the new object of my affection. It's beautiful. It's clean - especially its beaches. Its downtown is vibrant, tidy and easily accessible - you can walk everywhere. People are friendly. Traffic actually flows. And, they have rickshaws. However, what truly stole my heart was the city’s fresh, delectable array of seafood. ...more

Make It A Great Day ~ Breakfast & California Heirloom Garlic

Garlic can make the difference in a good or a great day. I'm not suggesting that popping a clove in your mouth while donning your robe is going to make the sun rise, but I am a firm believer that the caliber of your breakfast helps dictate your day. (i.e. - is oatmeal or huevos rancheros going to put more pep in your step? If you cry oatmeal, you lie!) Unbeknownst to many, garlic is an exquisite breakfast ingredient. ...more

Monday Dose of Market: Prize Winners and Pretty Peppers

I'm experimenting with a new feature for The Weekly Veggie: Monday Dose of Market.  There are so many wonderful vegetable varieties each week, especially this time of year, that just telling you about one seems unfair.  I'll post pictures each Monday of various veggies from markets visited during the week before. ...more

Recipes to Boost Brain (Including California Garlic), Breakfast With Jake & Reese

I had breakfast next to Jake Gyllenhaal and Reese Witherspoon yesterday. True, this has absolutely nothing to do with garlic or my post, but I can't stop thinking about it and thought it was a good attention grabber. Okay - it's out of my system. We can proceed. However, for all of you wondering, they are both as good looking - if not more so - than they appear on the big screen. Where was I? Oh, yes...back to California heirloom garlic. ...more

Solving Childhood Obesity, One California Garlic Clove At A Time

I stood there with my mouth agape at a recent convention, when a boy, who couldn't have been older than four, chose - on his own - to scoop a spoonful of fresh, crushed California heirloom garlic into his mouth and responded with a, "Yummy!" To that, his mom shrugged and said, "I've cooked with garlic a lot ever since he was a baby, so he's used to it." ...more

The Lifecycle of California Heirloom Garlic - A 9-Month Adventure

They say all good things must come to an end. That is definitely true when it comes to wrapping up harvest of Christopher Ranch’s California heirloom garlic. Sad face. Our harvest throughout California’s Central Valley is nearing a close, expected to wind down in late August or early September, after commencing in early June. Time sure does fly when you’re growing garlic. ...more

Fresh Crushed Garlic More Heart Healthy Than Dried Garlic

For a healthy heart, make sure your garlic is fresh crushed and not dried. That's what us California garlic growers have been preaching for years, but new research published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry - http://pubs.acs.org/stoken/presspac/presspac/full/10.1021/jf901301w- shows the "first scientific evidence" that freshly crushed garlic is more beneficial for the heart than dried garlic. ...more