Love the taste of garlic but hate the way it makes your breath wreak?! Thanks to two Italian entrepreneurs, you can now eat the pungent bulb and make out with your significant other, completely guilt free.
Alessandro Guagni and Lorenzo Bianchi, a construction engineer and a commercial lawyer, have spent the past three years perfecting a variety of garlic that possesses a milder flavor and odorless scent. Aptly named “KissinGarlic” by the duo, the strain of garlic is easily digested and doesn’t cause the usual bad breath. Hallelujah.
“We thought this was a typical example of Italian excellence that has been forgotten. Why? Because no one knows it and no one asks for it,” said Bianchi.
While Guagni and Bianchi’s new harvest technically isn’t a breakthrough, they say KissinGarlic, properly known as aglione, hasn’t been produced in large quantities for over 40 years. Because of enthusiastic responses from local chefs who sampled last year’s crop, the duo plans on making their garlic available to Michelin-star restaurants in Italy. High quality food markets are also a target.
The idea for kissable garlic began three years ago when Guagni stumbled upon a local farmer’s stand in Tuscany. What he found was a large garlic bulb that tasted “very good and very light,”—and very appropriate for kissing someone afterward. “We thought about the possibility of reintroducing it in the market,” Guagni said.
Guagni and Bianchi have since grown their garlic on a wide span of land, enough to cultivate 30,000 plants. Available for harvest in the upcoming months, odorless KissinGarlic is sure to be a game-changer for those who tend to avoid it.