Who wouldn't be intrigued by the sign for the brand called Black Garlic. Inc. & Aged Jeju Garlic ($3.29 for two heads): "Tastes like wonderful cream chocolate, After eat does not have a garlic smell, Black garlic bring energy to the body." Text on the package had the same halting charm: "How much Black Garlic should I eat? It's a Natural Food! Enjoy it as many as you want!"
Unfamiliar with Korean black garlic? It's regular garlic fermented for a month under high heat, said to contain twice as many antioxidants as raw garlic, as well as something called S-Allycysteine, reportedly a cancer preventative. When we got home and tasted some, it wasn't at all like wonderful cream chocolate. More like a very large, soft raisin, or small, soft prune -- one with a lingering garlicky aftertaste. We'd have to be pretty passionate about any home recipe that called for it. On second thought, we'll keep relying on chefs to take the bizarre edge off.