Shopping List Superfoods: Garlic
Garlic (Allium sativum) is a species in the onion genus, Allium. Its close relatives include the onion, shallot, leek, chive, and Chinese onion.
Fun Facts About Garlic
1. Garlic is believed to ward off heart disease, cancer, colds, and flu. The consumption of garlic lowers blood cholesterol levels, and reduces the buildup of plaque in the arteries.
2. It was even once used to treat acne, warts, and toothaches.
3. The psychological term for fear of garlic is alliumphobia.
4. Garlic is said to fight off evil spirits and keep vampires away.
5. If your garlic has sprouted, it is still usable although it has lost some of its flavor and health benefits.
6. The smell of garlic can be removed by running your hands under cold water while rubbing a stainless steel object.
7. Its pungent flavor is due to a chemical reaction that occurs when the garlic cells are broken. The flavor is most intense just after mincing.
8. The majority of garlic (90%) grown in the United States comes from California.
9. If your rose garden is being attacked by aphids, an excellent home remedy to get rid of them is to spritz the leaves and blooms with a mixture of crushed garlic and water.
10. When picking out garlic at the grocery store, choose firm, tight, heavy dry bulbs.
11. Garlic has been used to infuse vodka and as an ingredient to make cocktails.