GARLIC

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GARLIC

Some people love garlic, some do not. 

However, in many recipes on this website you will find that garlic is required in one form or another.

Below you will find information about garlic, its uses and history which have been accumulated from various sources.

It is a summary of good things, bad things and research from different organizations that is not really verified by us.

Different people, different organizations have different reasons to write good things or bad things. 

Garlic is an endless subject.  We have studied as much as we can and have highlighted the most interesting facts.  We thought that the following makes some sort of sense.

One thing we do know as a fact is that our mothers and grandmothers mentioned that garlic is good for you and using this as a base, we introduce you to the facts below.

Garlic is available in many forms, including fresh, frozen, dried, pickled, fermented, in jars, tubes and in powder form.

Garlic powder has a different taste from fresh garlic and is used as a substitute for fresh garlic.

Garlic is widely used around the world for its pungent flavor as a seasoning or condiment.

There are many varieties for example Purple Glazer, Italian, Spanish Roja, Chesnook Red, Music, etc.

The Garlic bulb consists of individual sections referred to a cloves or pegs. 

It is very important to know this difference because if you do not, you would immediately become overwhelmed by its pungent odor and taste, and wonder why people avoid you, cover their noses, or walk/run away from you.

A string of garlic placed in the home or doorway is rumored to ward of evil, Dracula and his cult of vampire followers.

Some cultures pickle the young bulbs for four to eight weeks, depending upon taste preference, in a mixture of salt, sugar and salt, and spices.

Garlic shoots are pickled and eaten as an appetizer in some parts of Europe.

For centuries, Garlic cloves have been consumed raw or cooked for medicinal purposes. 

However, the average individual uses Garlic in the cooking process including marinating because of the spicy, tangy flavour it gives to food.

In fact, it appears that the entire garlic plant may be consumed. 

Young or immature garlic, green garlic, is harvested before the bulb separates into cloves and is similar to the green onion or scallion.

Even the immature, tender stalks, garlic spears, are utilized in stir-fries or braised like asparagus.

The garlic leaves are a popular vegetable in parts of Asia.
They are cut, cleaned, and stir-fried with eggs, meat or vegetables.

Garlic plants are very hardy, and are not attacked by many pests or diseases.
Do you think that pungent odour repels them?

The whole Garlic bulb with individual cloves may be crushed in a garlic press, chopped, sliced, diced or minced, etc. 

Globally, Garlic is an essential spice.

Could you a imagine a world without garlic? 
It would be very boring.

There would be no garlic bread, no garlic toast, no skordalia nor tzasziki. 

The Greeks would have gone crazy.  

How about some garlic butter, garlic spread, garlic bread or garlic toast with cheese, as appetizers?  Or, some brushetta, crostini or canapés.

Historically, Garlic has been consumed in many cultures, both as food and medicine for thousands of years and was favoured by the ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans.

Garlic use has been inferred for many conditions, including parasites, respiratory problems, poor digestion, and low energy.

In his Natural History, Garlic gives an exceedingly long list of scenarios in which it was considered beneficial and has been found to have antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal activity, also claimed to help prevent heart disease, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure and cancer and help regulate blood sugar levels.

However, a meta-analysis found garlic reducing cholesterol and triglyceride levels!?
 
Regular and prolonged use of therapeutic amounts of aged garlic extracts lower blood homocysteine levels and has been shown to prevent some complications of diabetes mellitus.

People taking insulin should not consume medicinal amounts of garlic without consulting a physician.

Garlic was used as an antiseptic to prevent gangrene during World War I and II.

More recently, it has been found from a clinical trial that a mouthwash containing 3% fresh garlic shows good antimicrobial activity.

Garlic cloves are used as a remedy for infections (especially chest problems), digestive disorders, and fungal infections such as thrush.
Garlic can be used as a disinfectant because of its bacteriostatic and bacteriocidal properties.

Garlic has been found to enhance thiamin absorption, and therefore reduces the likelihood for developing the thiamin deficiency beriberi.

Garlic has been used reasonably successfully in AIDS patients to treat Cryptosporidium in an uncontrolled study in China.

Somewhere within the write-up is information reducing cholesterol, maybe weight loss, etc., 

Well, Mr. Goudas requested that a little comedy be placed in the subject to satisfy the need for some laughter in life.

He mentioned that when going on a date, should and individual consume a lot of garlic prior to meeting his/her date that the partner who did not have any garlic starts running away around the block resulting in weight loss, heart condition, increased blood circulation, excessive sweating, or panic attacks.

Enough transcribed. Basically, we are saying that garlic has many uses.

Remember, a garlic bulb consists of many individual cloves of garlic and that recipes usually refer to a clove or two or three of garlic and not a whole bulb or two or three.

China is the biggest producer and consumer of garlic according to goudaspedia.

Should you not believe him, check it out for yourself.

In the meantime, scan our site further and discover our wonderful recipes!

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