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Much Ado About Garlic

Updated on May 17, 2014

Dive into the world of garlic

Garlic has been around for thousands of years but it has never been more popular than it is today, beloved by chefs, home gardeners, and natural health practitioners.

Gourmet garlics are appearing more and more at farmers markets, showcasing some of the hundreds of different garlic types that have an amazingly wide spectrum of taste and flavor.

If you love garlic but have only bought garlic at the grocery store, hang onto your hat! You\re about to enter a whole new world of garlic goodness!

The Complete Book of Garlic: A Guide for Gardeners, Growers, and Serious Cooks by Ted Jordan Meredith

This book is the Bible of garlic for many folks, with in-depth tips on cooking and growing garlic as well as detailed information on its history and how it came to various regions around the world.

The health benefits of garlic are also mentioned, with tips on the best ways to prepare garlic to get the full benefit from its natural healing properties that can help with blood pressure, diabetes, and as a natural antibiotic.

Meredith also provides large color photos for many of the topics he discusses, which is an excellent way to learn about garlic and the difference between many of the varieties.

This isn't a dry, boring book from a scientist; all the information is laid out in a comprehensive, accessible fashion in a very straightforward way.

Can I Grow Garlic?

Yes! Garlic is very easy to grow and really only requires weeding once it gets going. There are also varieties adapted to nearly every climate so you'll have options if you want to try growing your own garlic.

Garlic is naturally resistant to many pests and diseases and the strong aroma keeps deer and other critters away.

Garlic Growing Video

What are the Best Ways to Eat Garlic?

Garlic tastes great in many different ways, with popular ways to cook it including roasting garlic, sauteing it, or baking the cloves.

The sky really is the limit, as some people prefer to mince or chop garlic and eat it raw -- usually added to a salsa or sauce -- while others incorporate it into pesto or other pasta sauces.

Cooking Garlic with Jamie Oliver

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