Information about Vegetables: Garlic

About garlic, information about the vegetable, production, history and varieties in the world.


Garlic has had many properties attributed to it, and has been both glorified and reviled down through the ages. The Romans gave it to laborers to make them strong, and to soldiers to give them courage. In the Middle Ages, garlic was believed to repel vampires and werewolves, and to ward off the effects of the witch's evil eye. Its antiseptic qualities were discovered early, and eating it was thought to be a good defense against the plague. Crushed and applied to the skin, it cured insect bites and stings, and it is said that a syrup of garlic, taken internally, or as a poultice applied to the chest, helped to cure bronchial complaints. The next time you feel a cold coming on, try chewing a couple of cloves of raw garlic, but be sure to chew some raw parsley afterward--parsley is a wonderful natural breath cleaner. Garlic contains an antibiotic called allium, and also has a reputation for helping to lower the blood pressure. In fact, the list of its uses is endless. Garlic planted around the base of peach trees stops the destruction by peach borers. The bulb of garlic consists of small sections, called cloves, which are each covered by a paper-thin skin. These cloves are peeled and chopped, or pressed, for use in a wide range of dishes. It is difficult to say how much garlic is enough in cooking. Most people would undoubtedly prefer to stick to just one or 2 innocuous cloves added to Italian dishes, casseroles, etc.

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