According to Australian Garlic Producers, Australia imports 95% of our garlic from China, a country where (alarmingly) chemicals banned in Australia are still being used to grow garlic. Apparently, 'Chinese garlic is gamma irradiated to prevent sprouting and is also sprayed with Maleic Hydrazide to extend shelf life. And all imported garlic is fumigated with Methyl Bromide by AQIS on arrival in Australia.' A good reason to buy garlic from your local farmer's market, buy processed AUSTRALIAN garlic paste, or, better yet, grow your own! Brendan Goullet, Growing and Agronomy Manager for Australian Garlic Producers,was interviewed recently by ABC Rural. You may find it interesting to hear what he has to say.
And tell me, what good things have you in your kitchen or from your garden this month?