Understanding the Evolution of the Garlic Oil Market

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How garlic oil evolved from a backup plan into an entire industry.

According to PR Newswire*, the garlic market is expected to grow by $5.63 billion between 2020-2024, registering a CAGR of almost 4%. 

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One of the earliest plants ever cultivated by humans, garlic has been discovered almost everywhere—from the tombs of Ancient Egypt to the portraits of 15th-century English nobles. While fresh garlic bulbs have been consumed for countless millennia, garlic oil has a much more complicated history.

During Flavorcon Virtual 2021, "5,000 Years of Garlic: From Mesopotamia to Modern Markets" features Berjé's Maria-Paz Gonzalez, Ph.D., vice president of sourcing and management (pictured).

Gonzalez explains how garlic oil originated as a method of preserving garlic material from spoiling between harvests to eventually growing into an entire industry in and of itself. Garlic oil is used in everything from meat sauces to pharmaceuticals, providing the potent and alliaceous taste that flavorists have loved since 5000 BCE.

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