Why Ontario Garlic?

Situated in the fertile farmland of southwestern Ontario, The Garlic Box prides itself on using fresh, local garlic. Ontario garlic is prized for its superior flavour.

 The Garlic Box uses only the best heirloom “hardneck” variety garlic seed stock, which has a full, robust, earthy flavour with a lingering mineral finish due to our limestone-rich soil conditions.  

The fat 6-clove bulbs are sheathed in an ivory papery skin with excellent storage properties and express a moderate heat, high glycemic index and long shelf life, making it a preferred choice among chefs and home cooks alike whether cooked, baked, poached, roasted or eaten raw.  

How Ontario garlic is grown

Like a fine wine, Ontario garlic provides an incomparable “taste of the place” ​that comes from spending nine months in the soil of fertile farmland.

Planting takes place in the fall. The garlic winters under a blanket of snow, and sprouts in early spring, continuing to absorb the unique minerals and flavours in the soil to produce a nutrient-dense bulb that is harvested in summer.   

The Garlic Box and area growers use state-of-the-art technology for transition into the drying facility.   After a four-week cure time, the garlic is sized, trimmed, brushed and sorted before moving into controlled atmospheric storage for year-round distribution.  


In addition to adding delicious taste and heat to almost any dish, Ontario garlic is good for you!

Ontario garlic contains above average levels of allicin, an immune boosting compound. Measuring garlic’s Brix (natural sugar solids) value is another way of quantifying the quality and nutritional value of Ontario garlic - studies have shown that Ontario garlic has a Brix value of 42 compared to Chinese garlic with a Brix value of 27.  



  • Garlic - Nature's immune booster

  • Garlic consumption may also reduce the incidence of heart disease, a condition that affects approximately 80 percent of people with diabetes.

  • A 2006 study found that raw garlic might help reduce blood sugar levels, as well as reduce the risk of atherosclerosis.

  • Garlic is also a good source of vitamins B-6 and C. Vitamin B-6 is involved in carbohydrate metabolism. Vitamin C may also play a role in maintaining blood sugar levels.

  • In general, garlic has been shown Trusted Source to:

    • improve the health of the cardiovascular system by reducing the levels of cholesterol, triglycerides, and blood lipids

    • decrease blood pressure

    • have an anti-tumor effect

    • prevent cancer cell growth

    • have a strong antibacterial and antifungal effect

    • ability to fight free-radicals in the body

    • preserve good bacteria in the body

    • boost your immune system

    Non GMO, 
    Non irradiated,
    Pesticide free
    Heirloom Seed stock