ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Got a Lots of Garlic!

Updated on December 30, 2016

Just don't mind the smell...

Garlic is everywhere not just for cooking. Whether or not you love the taste of it you can't deny the fact that garlic is an essential part of our daily lives.

This hub is for all the garlic lovers out there if you aren't you can find many useful information here about the magical uses of garlic in all aspects. Who would even care about the smell if you can get lots of health benefits from it!

Did you know?

Garlic is also known as "Stinking Rose" due to "Allinaise", a sulfur-containg enzyme that makes the pungent smell of garlic.

History of Garlic As A Food


It's so fascinating to read how certain food and spices has a big impact on people's lives throughout the run of history. According to Garlic Facts, the history of garlic dates back to 4000 BC and is native to Central Asia. The word "garlic" comes from an Old English word "garleac", meaning "spear leek and it is part of the lily family.

This pungent bulbous herb has long been a staple food in the Mediterranean Region and used generously as a seasoning in Asia, Africa, and Europe.

Egyptians worshiped garlic and placed clay models of garlic bulbs in the tomb of Tutankhamen. And, of course, folklore holds that garlic repels vampires, protects against the Evil Eye, and warded off jealous nymphs said to terrorize pregnant women and engaged maidens. Garlic was so highly regarded that it was even used as currency. Last but not least, garlic is also known for its aphrodisiac properties, which have been extolled through the ages in literature, cooking recipes, and medical journals.

Garlic has not always enjoyed the popularity and widespread acceptance found today. It was socially frowned upon in the United States until the first quarter of the twentieth century. Up until that time, garlic was found almost exclusively in ethnic dishes in working-class neighborhoods. Quaint diner slang of the 1920's referred to garlic as Bronx vanilla, halitosis, and Italian perfume. But, by 1940, America had finally recognized its value and embraced garlic. Americans consume more than 250 million pounds of garlic annually.

Yup.

Yup.

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Nunadenisa LM 4 years ago

      At first i wasn't, but after learning how healthy it is, I love it and use as much as i can

    • Chazz 5 years ago from New York

      Just planted heirloom type garlic bulbs for spring harvest yesterday then found this lens. Gotta love it.

    • Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Yes, it's good stuff!

    • Heather Burns 5 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      Garlic is essential to life and cooking.

    • Monika Weise 5 years ago from Indianapolis, IN USA

      I absolutely love garlic, use it in almost everything.

    • troyreed23 5 years ago

      Yes garlic is yummy. I like it in almost everything I cook. In moderation of course.

    • rewards4life info 5 years ago

      Oh, yeah!

    • David Gardner 5 years ago from San Francisco Bay Area, California

      Of course! Can't have good pancit, pinakbit, and palabok without it! And then there's "garlic rice"! Masarap!

    • Linda Hahn 6 years ago from California

      Oh yes I am.

    • Moe Wood 7 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      Love garlic. I especially love it roasted on the barbecue. Yum!

    • MargoPArrowsmith 8 years ago

      Oh, yes, I really love garlic! I love it in everything, except ice cream...well and pumpkin pie, but you know what I mean.

    • Beas 8 years ago

      I drink it everyday with tomatojuice. yum yum :)

    • BarryKrost 9 years ago

      Yes! I like pickled garlic too.

    • Laraine Sims 9 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      I love to cook with it.

    • clouda9 lm 9 years ago

      Oh yeah baby! :)

    • anonymous 9 years ago

      Garlic=good for you!

      Try to use it in all my cooking!

    • RuthCoffee 9 years ago

      Love garlic, I use it to flavor steamed broccoli, to flavor potatoes, etc.

    • Susan Deppner 9 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Oh, yes. Love it. Fortunately, my husband loves it, too!

    • Vicki 9 years ago from USA

      I'll admit, I love garlic! Hot French bread with melted garlic butter, yum!

    • GramaBarb 9 years ago from Vancouver

      I didn't know Garlic is also known as Stinking Rose. I learn something new every time you create a lens. More lenses please!

    Are you a Garlic Lover?

      0 of 8192 characters used
      Post Comment

      No comments yet.

      ...on the Spotlight Recipe Book!

      The Garlic Lovers' Cookbook, Vol. II
      The Garlic Lovers' Cookbook, Vol. II

      Book Description:

      From its humble beginnings more than a quarter century ago, the Gilroy Garlic Festival has exploded into an all-out lovefest of 125,000-plus ravenous ravishers of the fragrant bulb. On the first weekend in July, fun and feasting take over the bustling community of Gilroy, California, as garlic lovers gather to live, breathe, and, of course, taste their favorite clove in a variety of culinary incarnations. The centerpiece of all this aromatic activity is the Great Garlic Cook-Off, a unique venue for amateur cooks and professional chefs from around the country to compete head-to-head. Now back in print, the second volume of the festival’s recipes brims with prizewinners, crowd-pleasers, and palate-teasers, proving the endless possibilities of glorious garlic.

       

      Health Benefits:

      Dietary supplement for High Cholesterol, Heart disease, and High Blood Pressure; Prevent certain types of cancer, including stomach and colon cancer.

      1-2-3 Easy Garlic Recipes

      1# Garlic Chicken Adobo

      List of Ingredients:

      4 lb of chicken breast.

      12 garlic cloves, peeled and sliced in half.

      cup of vinegar.

      cup of soy sauce.

      cup of water.

      Coarse ground black pepper, to taste.

      Instructions for cooking:

      Brown the chicken in a large skillet; then drain off the fat.

      Add the garlic, soy sauce, vinegar, water and pepper.

      Cover and simmer for about 35-40 minutes, until very tender. Turn the chicken once during this time.

      Serve as you wish.

      **************************

      2# Baked Garlic Crouton

      List of Ingredients:

      2 garlic cloves, minced.

      cup of butter, melted.

      3 slices of bread, cut into half-inch cubes.

      Instructions in cooking:

      Preheat oven to 300F.

      In a large bowl, mix the garlic and the melted butter.

      Add the cubes of bread; then stir gently to coat.

      Place the bread on a baking sheet in one layer.

      Bake, turning once, until golden on all sides (takes about 15 minutes).

      Allow croutons to cool.

      Serve.

      **************************

      3# My Favorite Garlic Bread

      List of Ingredients:

      1 baguette.

      1 tablespoon of minced garlic.

      1 tablespoon of mixed herbs.

      1 tablespoon of oregano.

      1 tablespoon of margarine.

      Instructions for Garlic Bread:

      Preheat your grill to medium.

      Slice the baguette along its length into three inch logs. Slice through each to create two half-cylindrical bread bases. Cut a number of half inch deep slits lengthwise along the cut surfaces of the bases.

      For each base, take half a teaspoon of margarine and place in a dish or soup bowl and add half a teaspoon of of minced garlic. Mix the two together using a fork to create garlic butter.

      Spread the garlic butter over the bread bases, making certain that the cut surface is well covered, and that the garlic butter is pushed well in to the slits.

      Place the baguette on a grill pan with the buttered side down and cook under a medium-hot grill until lightly toasted.

      Flip the baguette over and sprinkle on the mixed herbs and oregano. Put back under the grill until the buttered side is lightly toasted.

      Serve hot.

      Recipe Courtesy of Garlic Recipe

      Helpful Links about Garlic

      For Your Information

      This is not a medical site nor does not give health advises. I'm not a medical expert. Consult your doctor for a much credible health solution. Thanks for dropping by and have a great day!

      Got A Lots of Garlic Guestbook

        0 of 8192 characters used
        Post Comment

        • Lee Hansen profile image

          Lee Hansen 3 years ago from Vermont

          We love garlic so much we plant it in our garden every fall and harvest many organic garlic bulbs the next summer.

        • randomthings lm profile image

          randomthings lm 4 years ago

          Very good information. I like garlic, a bit. But, too much is too strong for me.

        • chezchazz profile image

          Chazz 5 years ago from New York

          I think you've become my favorite food writer...can't wait to have a chance to check out the rest of your foodie lenses.

        • Scarlettohairy profile image

          Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

          Your chicken recipe sounds wonderful!

        • Heather426 profile image

          Heather Burns 5 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

          I love Garlic, love the lens. That Chicken Adobo recipe brought back memories of the P.I. Love it!

        • rewards4life info profile image

          rewards4life info 5 years ago

          Congratulations on your Purple Star! Well deserved!

        • junecampbell profile image

          June Campbell 7 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

          I use garlic in cooking a lot. Vancouver used to have a restaurant called The Stinking Rose. I'm not sure if its still in business or not. Great lens.

        • profile image

          poutine 8 years ago

          We love garlic at our house. Great lens.

        • SciTechEditorDave profile image

          David Gardner 8 years ago from San Francisco Bay Area, California

          Hi Naiza! Nice lens. Here in California, we have the "Gilroy Garlic Festival" (http://gilroygarlicfestival.com/?page_id=15) ... You could add this to your links section (and then add a "countdown" (sort of like what I have on my Niseko lens) to the 2009 Garlic Festival.

          As for Garlic? I *love* it. Good stuff. (I think I ate so much of it when I was in the Philippines that the mosquitos avoided me *grin*). We eat a lot of "Garlic Rice in our home. And we add it to our fried rice, and adobo, and pancit, and lumpia... aargh! You're making me hungry!

          Again... Great lens!

        • MargoPArrowsmith profile image

          MargoPArrowsmith 8 years ago

          What a great lens! *****

        • BarryKrost profile image

          BarryKrost 9 years ago

          I love Garlic. Wonderful Site. Great variety of information.

        • LaraineRoses profile image

          Laraine Sims 9 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

          Great lens. Recipes look squidlicious. 5 *****

        • clouda9 lm profile image

          clouda9 lm 9 years ago

          We have a Garlic Festival in our little town of Woodland, WA each year! You have put together some great information and pics in this lens! Keep on keeping on :)

        • profile image

          anonymous 9 years ago

          Improve the site? Geeze girl...don't know how you can do that! In fact, I got to find out how you made it look so great-with the different fonts and pics!

        • NAIZA LM profile image
          Author

          NAIZA LM 9 years ago

          Hey there friends, thanks for the comments. Retro, you can use any kind of vinegar you choose. It will tastes great.:D

        • RuthCoffee profile image

          RuthCoffee 9 years ago

          Thanks for the recipes!

        • SusanDeppner profile image

          Susan Deppner 9 years ago from Arkansas USA

          Very nice lens - it's so pretty! Great job with all the wonderful resources!

        • aka-rms profile image

          Robin S 9 years ago from USA

          Umm, that garlic cicken recipe is tempting! Can't wait to try it!

        • Retro Loco profile image

          Vicki 9 years ago from USA

          Great lens, Naiza! I really enjoyed reading it! You have a LOT of helpful links about garlic. I am cooking the Garlic Chicken Adobo tonight, can't wait. Is that cider vinegar or white?

        • GramaBarb profile image

          GramaBarb 9 years ago from Vancouver

          Reading your recipes made me hungry - and I just ate breakfast!LOL Great lens!