Another fun, food holiday … It’s National Garlic Day.
According to The Professional Chef, garlic is a small bulb, 2-3 inches in diameter with papery white or red-streaked skin, encasing 1/2 to 1 inch long cloves, also covered with papery skin. Garlic is part of the onion family. Along with shallots and onion, garlic shares a pungent aroma that is used as an aromatic in stocks, soups, sauces, braises, stews but can also be roasted and pureed. When buying, choose garlic that are heavy for their size and have tight-fitting, dry, papery skins then store them in a relatively cool, dry area.
Many research studies show that garlic has potent healthy, medicinal properties:
1. Acts as an antioxidant
2. Lowers blood pressure
3. Lowers LDL cholesterol
4. Helps to reduce atherosclerotic buildup (plaque)
5. Helps to regulate blood sugar
6. Helps to prevent blood clots from forming
7. Helps to prevent cancer, preventing the further growth of certain tumors while reducing the size of others
8. Raw garlic is a potent natural antibiotic
9. Has anti-fungal and anti-viral properties
10. Reduces yeast infections due to Candida species
11. Has anti-oxidant properties
12. Is a natural source of selenium.
Some believe that garlic can protect us from evil. An Irish superstition says that cloves of wild garlic are planted on the thatch over the door, for good luck while a Scottish superstition tells us that Garlic, hung about the house on All Hallows Eve, will keep away evil spirits.
(A Dictionary of Superstitions)
No matter what you conclude about garlic, it is tasty.
What will you be making with garlic today?
Here are some great blog posts about garlic …
Roasting Garlic by Girli Chef
National Garlic Day by Life in the Slow Lane at Squirrel Head Manor
Parmesan Ice Cream by No Plain Jane’s Kitchen
National Garlic Day by Burnin’ Love
National Garlic Day by Cooking With Vinny
Perfect Hummus by The Happy Girl Experiment
National Garlic Day by Gerry’s Kitchen
National Garlic Day by Wooleylot’s Blog