National Garlic Day!
Did you know garlic is a herb, which can also be deemed a vegetable, that is rich in protein, vitamins A, B1 & C and contains essential minerals such as calcium, magnesium and iron as well as containing 17 different amino acids.
Garlic is recognized for its wide-reaching medical properties in the treatment and prevention of disease. Known as nature’s wonder drug, garlic has been credited with extending human longevity, preventing certain cancers, lowering cholesterol levels, reversing high blood pressure, resisting the common cold and overcoming fatigue.
Garlic has a lengthy history dating back 6,000 years. Garlic was a commonly used seasoning in cuisines from Africa, Asia and Europe. Garlic is native to central Asia and China is currently the world’s biggest producer.
Superstitions have regarded garlic as a force of both good and evil. We’re all familiar with the belief that garlic repels vampires but did you know that garlic is also thought to protect against the evil eye and to ward off jealous nymphs? Ancient Egyptians are said to have fed those that worked on the Great Pyramid of Giza garlic to boost their stamina while in the Middle Ages, Europeans ate whole cloves of garlic to fight off the plague known as Black Death.
- Garlic has been dubbed the ‘stinking rose’ due to its overpowering taste and smell.
- Garlic breath can be neutralized by sipping milk or eating parsley.
- The fear of garlic is called Alliumphobia.
- Chicago was named after the American Indian world for wild garlic, chicagaoua.