26 December 2023

Riverina Made: Joanne Lloyd’s black garlic is Wagga's gourmet treasure

| Shri Gayathirie Rajen
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 Sue McMahon with her business partner Joanne Llyod

Sue McMahon with Joanne Llyod at the recent River and Wren Markets. Photo: Shri Gayathirie Rajen.

Who are you and what is your business? My name is Sue McMahon. I live in Tarcutta Hills and my business is Black Garlic Wagga. I grow the garlic in Tarcutta and my business partner Joanne Lloyd makes the garlic.

Where did you begin? I live on a farm. We had cattle, sheep and a few goats. We decided it would be good to have another income from the farm because the prices are so low with the cattle and the sheep. So we decided to grow some garlic, and then a friend of mine created the black garlic. She’s very clever. She turned raw garlic into black garlic, which is garlic that is slowly cooked over a number of days. It changes from being a normal garlic to a very sweet and delicious garlic, and it doesn’t have a strong flavour.

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What do you produce? There are a number of black garlic salts that are great for marinating meat when you’re having barbecues over the summer. There’s also dehydrated garlic. When you can’t buy your Australian garlic in the supermarket, you can have Australian garlic on hand all year round.

What do you sell that makes a great gift? Garlic wreaths and other little garlic products.

Black garlic

Black garlic doesn’t give you garlic breath like white garlic due to the fermentation process. Photo: Black Garlic Wagga.

What would you make if you could do anything? Grow more garlic.

How would you promote the Riverina? I’ve been in the Riverina all my life. It’s a wonderful place to live. It’s away from the city, with fresh country air and healthy local food.

Coolest local thing you’ve ever bought? Seed with Love.

Black garlic salt.

Have you tried black garlic salt? Photo: Black Garlic Wagga.

Where’s your favourite place for a cuppa? My kitchen. I have my own coffee machine because I live 65 kilometres from Wagga.

Who is another local producer you admire? The Junee Licorice & Chocolate Factory.

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Learn more about Black Garlic Wagga.

Region Riverina is committed to celebrating our local producers and creatives and encourages everyone to buy local.

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