By By DANIEL SHIHERANA Published November 06, 2018 08:59:49In a first, a team of scientists from the University of Hyderabad, United States, have successfully stored 50,00,000 kilograms of garlic in a glass jar for four months.
According to the study, the jar contains 1,5 kilograms of Garam Masala (the traditional garlic paste used to make this kind of garlic paste) and 50,0000 kilograms of other ingredients, such as sugar, salt and water.
“The study of the storage of garlic at room temperature for four-month period has been a huge milestone in the field of research,” Dr. Mohan Kumar, who led the study said.
The research was published in the scientific journal Science Advances.
“We have made significant progress in the storage process and are now preparing to make a successful commercial production of garlic.
We are hoping to start commercial production next year,” Dr Kumar said.
Dr. Rakesh Kumar, one of the researchers who conducted the study along with his supervisor Dr. Vijay Kumar, said that the experiment demonstrated that the storage was a safe and practical method for storage of the garlic paste.
“Our work shows that garlic storage at room temperatures for long periods of time is a viable method for commercial production and we are excited about our success,” said Dr. Rokesh Kumar.
“It is also a good example of the importance of proper storage for preserving the quality of garlic,” Dr Rakeshi Kumar added.
The researchers are now planning to start industrial production of the commercial product.
“While the storage and subsequent use of garlic remains a major challenge, the possibility of further research in this field is very exciting.
In our study, we were able to demonstrate that garlic can be stored at room temp for long period of time without causing any adverse health effects,” said the team.
The Garlic-Bhut Jolokia Research Project is a joint project between the National University of Singapore and the University at Hyderabad.