Highly valued throughout the ages as a culinary spice and herbal remedy, garlic is one of the oldest cultivated plants in the world.
Throughout time, superstition has credited garlic with the ability to avert disease and evil spirits, such as the old story of Dracula. While it does have a lingering aftertaste, you can try chewing parsley to freshen your breath.
- Garlic is rich in a variety of powerful sulfur-containing compounds, particularly allicin, that help support our cardiovascular health.
- This sulphur-containing compound gives garlic its distinctive pungent smell and taste.
- Garlic is also rich in selenium and manganese, two key antioxidants for our bodies.
- Other vitamins and minerals found in garlic include vitamin B6, vitamin C, copper phosphorus, vitamin B1 and calcium.
- From a medical history standpoint, Garlic has extensive history as an antibacterial and antiviral agent.
Best Ways to Use
- Purée fresh garlic, canned garbanzo beans, tahini, olive oil and lemon juice to make quick and easy hummus dip.
- Garlic and lemon juice are a great flavor enhancer to steamed vegetables.
- Add garlic to sauces and soups.
- Purée roasted garlic, cooked potatoes and olive oil together to make delicious garlic mashed potatoes.