I bloody love garlic and it would appear that garlic loves me. Eating it has manifold benefits for the body.
Grown between January and late March, garlic thrives in nutrient rich soils that drains well and produces bulbs consisting of a number of gloves. (Is that enough boring info yet?)
Anyway, I add it to almost all savoury dishes, including crushed and sprinkled on salads – I can’t get enough of the stuff – although my family and friends would probably like me to use less. Keeps the vampires away though, eh!?
Why don't vampires like garlic?
Garlic used against vampires was big in southern Slavic countries and Romania as well. It was used to find vampires and to prevent vampires. A vampire in hiding could be spotted by not being willing to eat garlic. In the 1970s , a Romanian church distributed garlic during service, observing those who refused to eat it and figuring out if the person was a vampire. Crazy that this happened only 30 or so years ago right?
So, what exactly are the benefits of garlic?
Due to it’s high allicin content, garlic is said to be one of the best anti-oxidants, saving us from “free-radicals” and premature aging.
It is also:
- an immune system stimulant
- circulation improver
- an expectorant (gets rid of phlegm)
A study, conducted in China, indicated that garlic can prevent the common cold, reduce high blood pressure, lower cholesterol, and kill off E. coli!! Amazing, eh!
However, the benefits of garlic’s healing compound, allicin, are destroyed when garlic is cooked or pickled. SO to get the most out of it, it is recommended to consume raw garlic.
Now I may be weird but as I said earlier I love the taste of raw garlic although it may be a bit over powering for some.
Why not crush a clove and spread it on piece of crusty, toasted bread, add sliced tomatoes, and drizzle with olive oil and a sprinkling of salt? Pesto and aioli are also great for upping your allicin intake. Healthy and delicious!
Worried about the smell? You can chew on mint or parsley afterwards or try gargling with a small amount of vinegar, although none of these will completely eradicate the odour. It seems to infiltrate our whole system and can seep out through our pores, not just our breath. But I do believe as more and more of us come around to the idea of eating more garlic, then the aroma becomes less and less noticeable.
What are your thoughts on garlic? Love it or loathe it?