Does black garlic a day keep the doctor away?

14 Nov

black garlic (640x449)Aomori prefecture is the garlic capital of Japan, producing as much as 80% of the total garlic in the nation.  Aomori garlic is known for being large, dense, and high quality.  But what’s really famous is its fermented version – Black Garlic.

Since I moved to Aomori this summer, I’ve been seeing black garlic everywhere from grocery stores to gift shops.  It struck me as unusual, because I had never seen one in any other parts of Japan before.

The other day I decided to try it, since the package stated a number of health benefits.  The garlic costed about 400 yen (about $4), which was pricier than white garlic.  Although I was hesitant to eat it at first, the experience was surprisingly pleasant.  It tasted like a dried fruit, and it didn’t smell like garlic at all.  It was soft, sweet, and easy to eat with only a hint of garlic taste.

Since then I’ve learned that the health benefits of black garlic is well known worldwide, and that it’s very popular in Asian cuisine.  Here is more about black garlic, one of many delicacies of Aomori.

How is black garlic made?

Black garlic is fermented under highly controlled conditions of temperature and humidity for 3- 4 weeks.  It is a natural product with no additives or preservatives.

How do I eat black garlic?

You can eat it by itself.  It does not stimulate stomach in a way a raw garlic does.  One or two cloves is a recommended amount of consumption per day.

Why is black garlic so popular?

Black garlic has gained popularity in Japan after a research showing its health benefits was published in 2006.  The researcher, Jiniti Sasaki, is a professor at Hirosaki University.  The research showed that black garlic reduced cancer cells in mouse.   When the same research was conducted using white garlic, it didn’t have the same result.

What are some of the health benefits of black garlic?

  • Increased energy
  • Cold prevention
  • Influenza prevention
  • Norovirus prevention
  • Anti-aging
  • Recovery from fatigue
  • Improved sleep


Aomori Black Garlic Association (


14 Responses to “Does black garlic a day keep the doctor away?”

  1. Anonymous January 15, 2014 at 6:48 pm #

    Thank you for this awesome blog! I am learning so much about Japan! Its great!!!!

    • Yumi January 15, 2014 at 7:36 pm #

      You’re welcome. Thank you for reading my blog. 🙂

    • Do Rakula February 1, 2014 at 9:04 pm #

      It would certainly keep Vampires away !

      • Yumi February 2, 2014 at 10:43 am #


        • haarlem oil April 8, 2014 at 9:54 am #

          This page certainly has all the information I needed about this subject and didn’t know who to ask.

          • Yumi April 8, 2014 at 11:24 am #

            Glad you found the info you were looking for!

  2. RandyNguyen May 8, 2014 at 10:58 am #

    Dear Yumi,I like black garlic.I would like to know where to buy black garlic machine in Japan and I want to sell black garlic to Japanese company.

    • Yumi May 9, 2014 at 4:15 pm #

      Hi Randy, I don’t know the answer to your question. Sorry.. You may want to contact the Aomori black garlic association listed under the reference.

  3. Ondalium December 15, 2015 at 12:52 am #

    Reblogged this on Ondalium-Black Garlic tincture.

  4. John February 9, 2018 at 7:17 pm #

    How much black garlic should I eat each day

  5. John Dougill July 31, 2018 at 6:12 pm #

    I’ve been eating black garlic for a while now. It’s difficult to assess the health benefits, though I feel it raises my energy level, but one thing I can say – it’s delicious!

    • Yumi July 31, 2018 at 11:33 pm #

      I agree it’s hard to know the effect of it, but it seems so many people like it. It’s a bit pricey, but women in Aomori make it at home using a rice cooker!

      • John Dougill July 31, 2018 at 11:37 pm #

        In that case I need to meet a woman from Aomori!


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    […] This contest is sponsored by Culture Beings.  The winner of the contest will receive the beautiful poster with a Japan theme shown below.  But you’ll need a valid U.S address to receive this prize.  Since people from outside the U.S have submitted entries, I’ve added a new prize: If the winner doesn’t have a valid U.S address, he/she will receive a package of black garlic made in Aomori, known for its wonderful health benefits.  For more information on Aomori black garlic, click here. […]

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