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Gold for Good Garlic


IN just its second year, the garlic competition at the 2015 Royal Melbourne Fine Food Awards attracted 35 entries from across five States (none from WA) and put the judges’ palates to the test.

Chef and former owner of Sunnybrae restaurant George Biron (centre) assessing the entries in the 2015 Royal Melbourne Fine Food Awards. Read the full article here



Kempsey garlic growers cater for niche market

Garlic growing has had its booms and busts in Australia, with competition from very cheap Chinese imports forcing many growers out of business at one stage.

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Garlic with a purpose


USUALLY when I write a seasonal story about food it is about the harvest, but this week I’m talking about garlic because it is planting time - and I’m making a pitch for us not to be so monogamously attached to the Tasmanian purple cultivar.

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1,000-year-old onion and garlic eye remedy kills MRSA

1,000-year-old treatment for eye infections could hold the key to killing antibiotic-resistant superbugs, experts have said.

Scientists recreated a 9th Century Anglo-Saxon remedy using onion, garlic and part of a cow's stomach.

They were "astonished" to find it almost completely wiped out methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus, otherwise known as MRSA.

Their findings will be presented at a national microbiology conference.

The remedy was found in Bald's Leechbook - an old English manuscript containing instructions on various treatments held in the British Library.

Anglo-Saxon expert Dr Christina Lee, from the University of Nottingham, translated the recipe for an "eye salve", which includes garlic, onion or leeks, wine and cow bile.

Experts from the university's microbiology team recreated the remedy and then tested it on large cultures of MRSA.

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Aussie garlic growers resurgence

First cultivated in cental Asia 7000 years ago, garlic has since taken the world by culinary storm. But the Australian garlic industry suffered a major setback when cheap imports hit the market in the 1990s. Now, the local farmers are bouncing back.

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SBS World News - Rhiannon Elston reporting