By Blair Thomas
Did you know garlic is both a vegetable and an herb? April is National Garlic Month (Garlic Day is April 19) and we’re celebrating with a few garlic facts.
- Garlic is a member of the onion family, which also includes leeks and shallots.
- When picking out garlic at the grocery store, select firm, tight, heavy, dry bulbs.
- Garlic has been used medicinally since the Greek and Roman times. Today garlic is a widely recognized health enhancing supplement. It promotes the well-being of the heart and immune systems with antioxidant properties and helps maintain healthy blood circulation. One of garlic’s greatest health benefits includes the ability to enhance the body’s immune cell activity
- Garlic was once believed to fight off acne, warts, toothaches and evil spirits.
- Its pungent flavor is caused by a chemical reaction that occurs when the garlic cells are broken. The flavor is most intense just after mincing. The smell can be removed from your hands by running them under cold water while rubbing a stainless steel object.
- The psychological term for fear of garlic is alliumphobia.
- If your rose garden is being attacked by aphids – or plant lice – spritz the leaves and blooms with a mixture of crushed garlic and water.
- Drinking lemon juice or eating a few slices of lemon will stop bad garlic breath.
To learn more about planting garlic in your garden, visit FarmFlavor.com