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Remove Germ from Garlic to Improve Flavor

As garlic ages, it can begin form a green shoot in the center where the germ is. Unless you have young, fresh garlic, you may want to remove the germ to improve the flavor. Here's how to do it.


Those green sprouts you might find in garlic cloves indicate that the garlic is old. Whether the garlic has formed this green sprout or not, the flavor of the germ is strong and imparts a bitter taste to food— remove it before using. Split the clove lengthwise and pull out the sprout, then chop or crush the clove as usual.

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