What garlic is to salad, insanity is to art.
Few things in life have the distinction of garlic. With over 7,000 years of churning out satisfaction, garlic is intensely aromatic and flavorful, and is used in virtually every cuisine in the world. When eaten raw, it has a powerful, pungent flavor to match the truly mighty garlic benefits. Garlic is particularly high in certain sulfur compounds that are believed to be responsible for its scent and taste, as well as its very positive effects on human health. Garlic is native to Central Asia and Northeastern Iran.
The word garlic comes from Old English word ‘garleac’, meaning “spear leek.”
The entire “head” is called a garlic bulb, while each segment is called a clove. There are about 10-20 cloves in a single bulb, give or take.
Garlic ranks only second to turmeric benefits in the amount of research backing this superfood, a flavor-packed add-in that can do almost anything, from reducing your cholesterol to keeping vampires at bay. (As the great folklore introduced by Bram Stoker in his 1897 blockbuster horror novel ‘Dracula’, where Van Helsing, the protagonist, uses garlic as a protective agent since it acts also as a mosquito repellant – think of the blood-sucking)
- A popular ingredient and food spice due to its strong smell and delicious taste.
- Garlic contains allicin, which helps reduce cholesterol levels in the body.
- Allicin is also good at combating heart disease and blood pressure.
- Garlic bulbs are packed with potassium, iron, calcium, magnesium, manganese, zinc, selenium, carotene beta, zea-xanthim and Vitamin C. In short, it is a goldmine of nutrients.
- Garlic is injected into the body for chest pains.
- Garlic is fundamental in the prevention and treatment of a myriad of cancers for instance colon cancer, rectal, stomach, breast and prostate cancers.
- Garlic is also used to treat stress and fatigue!
- Garlic can be used to make glue, especially for delicate and fragile objects such as glass.
- Garlic can clear skin troubles such as acne and cold sores. Simply slice up the cloves and apply them directly on the skin, provided you can withstand the smell for some minutes.
With all it’s various uses, garlic is defiantly hot in the market. As long as you can maintain a steady supply of production, then you will never lack a market for this bulb-spear, as the ancient Englishmen called it. As long as there are people, there is a market for garlic.
How to grow garlic
Using the leftover cloves, plant the root-end down in the area well hit by sunlight. Trim off the shoots once the bulb has started producing them. Garlic flourishes in dry, loose and well-drained soils that receive maximum sunlight.
Offshoots of garlic
Nothing is perfect in this world. And garlic is no exception.
When taken by mouth, especially raw garlic, it can cause heartburn and a burning sensation let alone the bad breath. Even dragon-breath (foul breath when you wake up in the morning), can’t hold a candle to garlic-breath.
Making the most out of Garlic
Garlic can be taken raw or cooked – there is little, if any change in antioxidant value.
In fact, the antioxidant value may be higher when cooked, which is paradoxical as for most foods cooking tends to decrease nutritional talent.
You can add raw garlic to sautéed foods and salads. Or you might choose to cook it in your favorite recipes. Garlic goes well with everything – well, except, morning breath.
Did you know?
- Garlic can help treat yeast infections in women and that it helps in matters-of-the-bedroom as it stimulates blood circulation in men, and women.
- China is the leading nation in the production of garlic in the world.
- April 19 is the National Garlic Day
As the great Greek physician Hippocrates aptly put it, “Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food.”