Honey Fermented Garlic

by Suzan Ferreira
Honey Fermented Garlic image of garlic cloves in honey in mason jar

Honey fermented garlic, a healthy fermented food, may be one of the easiest & tastiest home remedies one can make. Did we mention tasty? Honey fermented garlic, aka fermented honey garlic, may be the best example of “let food be thy medicine”.

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You can say that honey fermented garlic is like a coat with many colors by name. Also known as “fermented honey garlic”, “infused garlic honey”, and even the reversed “garlic infused honey”, we here all the hill just like to call it good :). No matter what you call it, it’s all the same. An efficacious, nutritious, and did I mention delicious, home preventative.

Using only 2 ingredients, this sweet, slightly garlicky product can be used in culinary dishes as well as a home remedy for seasonal issues. It’s especially a great way to utilize any garlic bulbs you may have grown and not used come spring!

Don’t grow your own? See how easy it is with our two articles, “Amazing Garlic: How To Plant For Next Years Crop” and “Amazing Garlic – Harvesting, Drying & Storing”. You can thank me later 🙂


Fermented foods, aka zymology or zymurgy (who knew?) are defined as foods that…

Fermented foods are defined as foods or beverages produced through controlled microbial growth, and the conversion of food components through enzymatic action.


What does that mean exactly? Basically (in a very un-scientific explanation) fermentation is the process of molecules being broken down anaerobically (pretty much the foaming that occurs during the process). As our claim to fame certainly doesn’t include that of scientist, the bottom line is, for us anyway, fermented foods are good for us.

Honey Fermented Garlic pin for Pinterest

Honey fermented garlic is no different. The health benefits of this combination of honey & garlic, both considered “prebiotics”, promote healthy gut bacteria, thus, leading to many health benefits overall.


In general, the health benefits of incorporating more fermented foods into your diet are many. They not only extend the shelf life of many foods but also may reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases, high blood pressure, and inflammation.

Honey fermented garlic is no different. But this specific combination does merit a further look as to why it’s so beneficial.


Garlic, a vegetable from the Allium family, has been used for centuries for its medicinal properties.

Garlic has long been used medicinally, most recently for its cardiovascular, antineoplastic, and antimicrobial properties.


Containing large amounts of sulfur compounds formed when the garlic clove is crushed, chopped, or chewed, Allicin is the star compound that gives it its antibacterial & disease fighting properties.

Honey Fermented Garlic closeup image of garlic cloves on wooden board

This low calorie, nutrient rich vegetable is also know to contain antioxidants which can prevent or slow cell damage caused by free radicals (unstable atoms that can cause cell damage).

Point being? Garlic is healthy for you, delicious, & contains many medicinal health benefits.


The health benefits of honey are many. Filled with antioxidants (flavonoids & polyphenols), honey naturally can reduce inflammation in the body (what we believe is the foundation of disease). Containing antibacterial, antiviral, antiseptic, and antifungal properties, honey has been used throughout civilizations as both food and medicine.

The science community is only now beginning to understand honey’s potential. The possibility of honey’s ability to help reverse bacterial resistance to antibiotics is now being looked at.

Bottom line, these two ingredients make for a powerful home remedy for colds & flu issues. Just sayin’ 🙂


Honey fermented garlic is so easy to make.


Simply prep your garlic cloves by peeling them. The easiest way to do this is to cut the root end (the flat end) off and give the clove a good smash with the side of your chef knife.

This accomplishes two things. It loosens the skin for easy removal & it breaks the garlic clove a bit to help release its beneficial oils that will help the fermentation process along.

Place your peeled garlic cloves into a jar of your choice. We like to use a small pint mason jar with a reusable plastic cover like the ones shown below.

Don’t overfill your jar. You need to leave room for a bit of expansion and not have it overflow during the fermentation process.

Typically, we fill no more than 1/2 to 3/4 full with garlic cloves.


Using raw honey only, cover the cloves of garlic. The cloves may float to the top, that’s ok.

It’s very important that you use raw honey only for several reasons. Raw honey contains naturally occuring yeast and bacteria that is necessary for the fermentation process to be successful. The juice that is released from the gently cracked cloves of garlic will allow for fermentation.


Cover the jar loosely with a lid, place on a plate to capture any overflow that may happen, and place in a dark cupboard. Fermentation will begin within 1-2 days. You will notice bubbling on the top of the honey & cloves as pictured below.

Honey Fermented Garlic closeup view of bubbles being created by fermenting garlic in honey

Every couple days, screw the lid on tightly and turn the jar upside down to coat the garlic cloves with honey. Don’t forget to screw the lid on tightly or you will be cleaning up a mess. I may or may not be speaking from experience here 🙂

Turn the jar upright, loosen the lid, and let it continue to ferment for up to a month.

Honey Fermented Garlic image of mason jar turned upside down to coat garlic cloves in honey

The honey is ready to use anytime, but we like to let ours marinate for a while. Over time, the honey will begin to darken and thin as the flavors are infused together, the garlic will begin to sweeten and lose it’s pungency, and the benefits of fermentation will be readily available to use.


Honey fermented garlic has many uses, both medicinally as well as in meal preparation.

Medicinally simply eat the fermented clove of garlic along with a bit of the honey straight from the jar as an immune booster when feeling run down or ill. When dealing with sore throats, add it to a bit of lemon juice and take as needed. Make a soothing “tea” by adding a bit of cayenne pepper & lemon juice along with the honey garlic to hot water to ease seasonal virus symptoms.

Honey Fermented Garlic image of garlic clove on spoon with honey

To use in meals, add it to any foods you can imagine that would benefit from the flavors of both honey & garlic. Marinades, bbq sauces, salad dressings, and roasted vegetables are all good ways to put this healthy ferment to use.


Botulism is rare. That being said, it can be fatal. Botulism, caused by the bacteria Clostridium botulinum, targets the nervous system & can lead to paralysis and respiratory failure.

When food is consumed that contains this bacteria may be the most common way humans contract botulism, but it also can be present in spores (breathing it in), in soil (coming into contact with it), and through open wounds (can contract it).

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), botulism toxins “are one of the most lethal substances known”. Fortunately for us, person to person transmission does not happen.

Although honey has been known to be the source of about 20 percent of botulism cases, the process of fermentation when making honey fermented garlic or fermented honey garlic makes this ferment a safe one to consume as the botulism spores just don’t like the environment.

So rest easy. This easy to make & safe to consume, honey fermented garlic, is a staple in our home. Hopefully, you too can give it a try!

Have you tried making honey fermented garlic yet?

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Michele Morin January 17, 2022 - 12:39 pm

Fascinating! I’m new to this use of garlic!

Dominique January 12, 2022 - 5:40 pm

That sounds interesting. I was very curious to see how to use it — especially in cooking. I can really see using it in different sauces which need a sweet tang. Thank you for sharing on the Homestead Blog Hop!

Ann @ Live The Old Way September 29, 2021 - 2:32 am

Thanks for sharing this with us on the Homestead Blog Hop #359. Your post has been selected as one of our features this week!

Michele April 19, 2020 - 10:06 pm

Interesting. I am always learning something new here. We love our local honey.

Ruth Iaela-Pukahi April 19, 2020 - 4:21 am

This is really neat! I wonder where I can get raw honey in my area…thank you so much for sharing!!!

Marilyn Lesniak April 18, 2020 - 7:32 pm

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Melissa Jones April 18, 2020 - 6:02 pm

Interesting read. I had no idea!

Tiffany April 15, 2020 - 11:49 pm

This is so interesting – I have never heard of this before but love using honey for colds – might spice it up a bit after buying some local honey this summer!

Anne April 15, 2020 - 2:44 pm

Thanks for sharing this info, Suzan. Never really understood the nutritional values of garlic nor that you could ferment it! I am currently attempting to grow a bulb of garlic in water on my counter with hopes to transplant into my garden. Thanks for sharing.

Suzan Ferreira April 16, 2020 - 11:56 am

Thank you for reading, Anne! Curious, what is the purpose of growing a bulb of garlic in the water? Here is how we grow ours if you’d like to take a look https://www.itsmysustainablelife.com/amazing-garlic-how-to-plant-for-next-years-crop/ We also have a tutorial on how to dry & store your harvest https://www.itsmysustainablelife.com/amazing-garlic-harvesting-drying-storing/

Look forward to hearing your thoughts on growing the bulb in water!

Michelle Hearne April 15, 2020 - 6:53 am

Ironically I live in the New England area, but in Australia. We are however in the country and I am trying to increase our set sustainable lifestyle. Love this garlic idea (well just love garlic in general). Looking forward to seeing what other wonderful goodies you have on your blog. Thanks for sharing!

Suzan Ferreira April 15, 2020 - 10:29 am

Hi Michelle~
I did not know there was an Australian New England area! Welcome and thank you for reading.

Lisa April 15, 2020 - 4:53 am

I have never heard of such a thing… good to know!

Jessy George April 15, 2020 - 1:47 am

Interesting to know that you can ferment garlic using honey. I just started fermenting vegetables. First one I am doing is cabbage. I added some salt and chili pepper.

Suzan Ferreira April 15, 2020 - 10:30 am

Ohhh, I bet that will be yummy! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

Ayesha Siddiqui April 15, 2020 - 12:36 am

Wow this sounds amazing, I’ve never even heard of it. Will definitely give it a try!

Lina April 15, 2020 - 12:20 am

WOW. I love learning new things from you! I have not heard of this and it just sounds amazing and with great benefits. Thank you.

heather jandrue April 15, 2020 - 12:11 am

I love all the health benefits. I use honey to help combat my allergies.

Suzan Ferreira April 15, 2020 - 10:31 am

That’s wonderful! Add stinging nettle tincture to your honey for allergies as well. Works wonders. Thanks for reading, Heather!

Gillian April 14, 2020 - 11:19 pm

Sounds great. It might be a good idea to put some warnings on about the possible dangers associated with a failed fermentation.

Suzan Ferreira April 15, 2020 - 10:33 am

Thank you for reading, Gillian, and for your suggestion. Failed fermentation is typically pretty evident. May be a post all it’s own. Thanks for reading.

Dawn Kaseoru April 14, 2020 - 11:12 pm

OH! I sm SO trying this! I make Kombucha and would love to add this to my list of ferments! I tried to make sauerkraut once and failed horribly, may try again, but this looks easy enough and delicious, too! We love our garlic and our honey. I never thought about putting the two together…except in BBQ Sauce. Thanks for sharing! Love your blog!❤️

Suzan Ferreira April 15, 2020 - 10:34 am

Thank you, Dawn. I’m so glad you’re enjoying the content. Give the ferment a try. You won’t be sorry 🙂

Melanie Kis April 14, 2020 - 8:24 pm

This is such a great combo. I wouldn’t have tried. Thank you for sharing.

Isabella April 14, 2020 - 7:54 pm

I will definitely try this one out! Love both honey and garlic for flavour and health benefits.

Kendra April 14, 2020 - 6:40 pm

This looks fantastic! I love good natural food remedies! I can’t wait to make this!

Tricia Snow April 14, 2020 - 5:58 pm

Wow this looks so good! And so many recipes you can use this in!

Deserae April 14, 2020 - 5:48 pm

Yum! I have never seen this recipe before of fermenting honey and garlic. I love the simplicity of this and the health benefits are amazing!

LoyalLocavore April 14, 2020 - 5:46 pm

Thanks for sharing! It’s a great pantry staple to have on hand.

Michele Morin October 16, 2021 - 10:59 am

This is SO good.to know. I haven’t had much success with growing garlic, but maybe it’s time to try again!

Rebecca April 14, 2020 - 5:41 pm

Yes! This is lovely! I actually have a batch that I started a few weeks ago, and I’m eager to try it out. It’s not as bubbly as your pictures here, but I still stir mine… maybe I should have stopped?? lol!

Cynthia Mackintosh April 14, 2020 - 1:40 pm

Hmmm. This is interesting to me. I love both garlic & honey a lot. I use honey to sweeten any foods/drinks. I have a personal friend that is a beekeeper and has the best natural honey. I will need to try this.

Sydney Delong April 14, 2020 - 1:38 pm

Mmm yes please! The health benefits are amazing as well

Jordan April 14, 2020 - 1:37 pm

Interesting read! Love getting some healthier alternatives!

Christina Cumbria April 14, 2020 - 4:01 am

This is so cool! Sounds like a wonderful way to increase health and immune functions. Will certainly be trying this recipe!

Rachel Da silva April 14, 2020 - 2:36 am

This looks great! I know garlic is so amazing for all its healing properties

Melissa| It's a Joyous Journey April 14, 2020 - 2:11 am

This sounds great! My family loves honey and garlic, so this would be a winner for us!

Hillari April 14, 2020 - 1:52 am

This is so informative! Thank you for sharing!

erin April 14, 2020 - 1:14 am

Wow! I hadn’t heard of this before, but it’s on my to-do list this week!

Suzan Ferreira April 14, 2020 - 4:46 pm

Let me know how it goes!

Alice April 14, 2020 - 12:31 am

I love this idea. I want to make this as soon as I am able.

Candy April 14, 2020 - 12:01 am

Very interesting and new spin on garlic.

Cathy April 13, 2020 - 11:58 pm

Thats really good information! I think I would really benefit from making this. Thanks

Holly April 13, 2020 - 9:03 pm

I am so interested in learning more about fermented foods! Thank you for sharing this recipe!

Eva Keller April 13, 2020 - 8:43 pm

Sounds yummy!

Tara April 13, 2020 - 8:21 pm

Wow! This is such a great suggestion; thank you for the information.

Lisa April 13, 2020 - 7:24 pm

Another great article! Thank you for sharing.

Diane Kurzava April 13, 2020 - 6:21 pm

We made a batch this weekend and I can’t wait for it to be ready! Two of my favorite foods – honey and garlic!

Lisa April 13, 2020 - 5:29 pm

I didn’t know garlic had such great health benefits!

Karie Babbitt April 13, 2020 - 5:14 pm

Great timing for something like this. I love garlic but Idk if I could eat it straight. lol Do you by chance have a good BBQ recipe for this?

Suzan Ferreira April 14, 2020 - 4:50 pm

Yes! Be sure to check out our favorite BBQ sauce at “Amazing BBQ” I think it would be a wonderful substitute for some of the brown sugar.

Jennifer April 13, 2020 - 3:06 pm

An interesting combination of garlic and honey

Liz April 13, 2020 - 2:19 pm

I haven’t heard of this before, but it looks super useful! I’ll have to try this out myself!

Debbie April 13, 2020 - 1:57 pm

Awesome! Yes I bet it makes a marinade delish! 😋

Cindy April 13, 2020 - 1:05 pm

Huh! I may actually try this! We are bee keepers so the honey part is easy.

Jane April 9, 2020 - 9:16 pm

Another healthy concoction. Thanks for this great info. I love honey and garlic and will definitely make my own at home.

Linda S April 9, 2020 - 7:54 pm

This is fascinating! I already use garlic and raw honey but I have not heard of honey-fermented garlic. I’ll be starting a batch this weekend!
Thanks for sharing this week at our Encouraging Hearts & Home blog hop – Pinning this post!

Santana April 13, 2020 - 9:44 pm

My brother loves pickled garlic. Maybe I will have him try some of this!

Beth Shields April 8, 2020 - 4:39 pm

I bet this makes a great marinade. And healthy too! Thanks.

Marlene Atkin April 8, 2020 - 12:44 pm

Sounds wonderful Suzan. I do use fire cider with garlic and honey in it but I think this make a fabulous tea. Thank you for sharing.

Suzan Ferreira April 8, 2020 - 5:19 pm

That it does! Thanks for reading Marlene!


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