You are not advised to eat sprouted potatoes as they are considered toxic. They can affect your nervous system and play havoc with your nerve impulses.
When potatoes sprout, the starch in the potatoes is converted into sugar. If the potato is firm, it has most of the nutrients intact and can be eaten after removing the sprouted part. However, if the potato is shrunken and wrinkled, it should not be eaten.
But what about sprouted garlic?
For starters, garlic sprouts are not poisonous and that’s a big relief. But if you love the flavour of garlic in your food, the sprout can totally spoil the taste of your dish by making it bitter.
Sprouted garlic won’t make you sick. It’s perfectly safe. Unfortunately, those sprouts are incredibly bitter and will impart their off-flavor to whatever you’re cooking.
First time you notice the sprout, it is considered safe to use it for up to 10 days. But if it has stayed sprouted for long, it is best to cut out the bulb which contains the sprout.
Cutting out the sprouted part, in most cases tackles the bitterness of the garlic. Some people even use the smelling technique to tell if the whole garlic has gone bad.
However, you can still use the sprouted garlic. Peel the cloves as you normally would, and slice each one lengthwise down the middle. The green shoot will be plainly visible.
Pinch it at the top and pull the shoot out, because they’re bitter and unpleasant to the taste.
However, if along with sprouting, the garlic has also become mushy, it should be discarded.
Getting rid of sprouted garlic gets most important when the dish that you are using it for, requires the raw flavour.
A really tiny sprout can still work for your wish but if it’s grown a bit (up to 2-3 inches), the entire clove can turn out to be bitter and ruin your meal.
Why Garlic is Important
It is antibacterial, antifungal and a great antioxidant too.
It is also rich in vitamins and nutrients like vitamin B, C, calcium, manganese among others. `
Eating raw garlic can help you fight heart disease, stroke, cancer and many infections.