Do you love garlic?
It has been noticed that a large part of our society love a little, white, smelly bulb! There are few recipes today that do not contain garlic in one form or another.
What do you know about garlic apart from using it in cooking? Check out your knowledge with the quiz, and add to it! There are so many interesting things to know about our beloved garlic!
Do you want to take the quiz first, and then enlarge on the answers? Or would you like to do it afterward, to check how carefully you have read the lens? It is up to you!
The history of garlic
Historians claim that garlic has been around for at least 6000 years. It is believed to have its roots in Central Asia. But many ancient civilizations, including the Romans, Greeks as well as Egyptians, used garlic to boost strength and prevent diseases. It was said garlic made Egyptian builders stronger and Roman legions more courageous. It was even worshiped by the ancient Egyptians, and garlic images made of clay were found in Tutankhamon's grave!
In other countries garlic was believed to be a lucky charm used to ward off evil. Some Christians even believe that when Satan left the garden of Eden, garlic sprung up in his left foot-print. (and onion in the right!)
Peel off the outer layers of the garlic, but keep them together as a bulb with the inner peel. Chop off the top, about 1/2 inch, and put them on a pan or in muffin forms. Drizzle olive oil over the garlic. Cover with aluminium foil.
Roast in a preheated oven (400F) for about 35 minutes. The bulbs should be soft when touched. Allow to cool, then squeeze out the garlic and eat with bread or as a side-dish to roast! Also delicious mashed with pasta and some vegetables!
Garlic Roaster - Great for storing garlic, as well!
This is a great tool for roasting garlic in the oven. The bottom is glazed, making it easy to clean. The lid is unglazed which allows the moisture and aromas to stay within the garlic! Recipes are provided. Delicious!
The Lily family
Garlic is called Allium Sativum in latin, and is closely related to onion, chive, leek, rakkyo and shallot, of the lily family. It is commonly agreed that it originates from Central Asia. The word 'garlic' comes from Old English, meaning 'spear leek'. Some common names used for it is 'stinking rose' and 'Italian perfume'. Although previously looked down upon, it now has a solid place in the best cuisines in the world!
This is so-o good! Be careful not to eat too much!
- 30 garlic cloves- peeled
- 1/2 cup of olive oil -EVOO
- 1/4 cup of lemon juice
- 1/4 cup of white wine vinegar
- salt and pepper -to taste
- 4 sprigs fresh oregano or 1/2 tsp dried
- First put the garlic cloves in boiling water for about five minutes. Rinse in cold water and dry them. Mix all the other ingredients very well in a food-processor or blender. Put the garlic cloves in a glass-bottle and cover them with the marinade. Leave it to mature in the fridge for about five days. Enjoy!
- Please note- some people enjoy adding a few chopped, hot chilipeppers to the marinade before pouring it over the garlic....
Garlic is good for you!
Garlic is a very tasty little bulb. But it also has a lot of qualities that are good for you. When garlic is cut, there is a chemical reaction which turns the inherent alliin into allicin, a sulpur-containing molecule. This is anti-fungal.
Garlic is also anti-septic, and was widely used during World War 1 by the Russian army to treat wounded soldiers. In fact, it was called the Russian penicillin.
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- Lowering the blood-pressure
- Lowering "bad" cholesterol and raising "good" cholesterol
- Improving immunesystem
- Treating the common cold
- Fungal skin problems
- Combat fatigue
- Vaginal infection
- Mosquito repellant
- Treating intestinal parasites
- Helps improve your iron metabolism
- Heal fractured bones
The smell of garlic can be removed by running your hands under cold water while rubbing a stainless steel object or by rubbing your hands with a slice of lemon!
There are probably as many garlic-cure-recipes as there are sick people in the world, most likely you know of some. Many claim that garlic should be eaten raw to have any effect, others are convinced that boiled garlic is equally good. This is a recipe for cold that has been recommended by many of my friends, from different part of the earth, in basically the same way. It works for me!
In a mug mix:
4 cloves of finely chopped or pressed garlic
1 tsp honey
1 tbsp lemonjuice
1/4 cup of rum
Pour hot water over, and slowly sip it. Then go to bed!
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Do you have a cough?
Make sure you are not expecting guests when using this!
Reading about garlic cures
"The air of Provence was particularly perfumed by the refined essence of this mystically attractive bulb." - Alexandre Dumas
A good way to store your garlic
Express yourself - This is open for everybody
Do you like garlic?
Chef Jason Hills shows how to prepare garlic shrimps in an easy way!
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