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Garlic Fun Facts

Today, April 19, is National Garlic Day. I thought I would take advantage of the holiday and put together a quick little round of fun facts for you all to enjoy. Usually, I only reserve my favorite pieces of worthless knowledge for major holidays like Easter and Christmas, but I thought, hey garlic is in practically everything and is used in most cultures throughout the world. Surely, this potent little vegetable deserves its own fabulous batch of fun facts. For example did you know that garlic is actually considered both a vegetable and an herb? Or that garlic has been used medicinally for thousands of years since ancient Greek and Roman times? To see how eating garlic can better your health,

  • 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.
  • It was even once used to treat acne, warts, and toothaches.
  • The psychological term for fear of garlic is alliumphobia.
  • The origin of National Garlic Day is unknown and it is not recorded in congressional or presidential proclamations.
  • Garlic is said to fight off evil spirits and keep vampires away.
  • If your garlic has sprouted, it is still usable although it has lost some of its flavor and health benefits.
  • The smell of garlic can be removed by running your hands under cold water while rubbing a stainless steel object.
  • Garlic is a member of the onion family which also includes leeks and shallots.
  • 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.
  • The majority of garlic (90%) grown in the United States comes from California.
  • 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.
  • When picking out garlic at the grocery store, choose firm, tight, heavy dry bulbs.
  • Garlic has been used to infuse vodka and as an ingredient to make cocktails.
  • Finally, to tie garlic into Wedding week here on the Sugar Network: at ancient Greek and Roman marriages the brides carried bouquets of garlic and other herbs instead of flowers.
  • Got a fun fact about garlic? Please add it to the list below!

SU3 SU3 10 years
I agree! plus it's healthy too! :)
ALSW ALSW 10 years
Schianne - I do the same thing! Onions and garlic are in almost everything that I make. Delicious!
JessNess JessNess 10 years
I LOVE garlic!!!! I literally do put it in just about every meal I make
SWEET-C9363 SWEET-C9363 10 years
i was just telling someone how muhc garlic we go thru in a week. everything is better with garlic
Schaianne Schaianne 10 years
I LOVE garlic! I put it and onions in almost every dish I make, haha. One of my favorite pizzas is spinach and garlic w/no sauce!! Mmmmm...
ALSW ALSW 10 years
I put garlic in almost everything! Sometimes I think that I would probably put it in cereal if I was really in the mood for it. I love the taste, even the smell sometimes! My husband knows by now that when I cook dinner, he shouldn't even have to ask if there's garlic in it!
amandasunly amandasunly 10 years
I don't really like garlic much. Biting into it is like... ahhhhhh!!! But I do like it on pasta!
crispet1 crispet1 10 years
Cant live without this stuff!
bobcatsteph3 bobcatsteph3 10 years
The smell of garlic, to me, is like what the smell of apple pie does to others! Hmmmmm gooooood!
celebrity_soup celebrity_soup 10 years
i love the smell of garlic grilling in the stove, :heart:
kikichantelle kikichantelle 10 years
I love garlic. My boyfriend HATES garlic. He's so sensitive to the smell of garlic that he can smell it on my breath 2 days after I've consumed something as irreproachable as a Boca Burger (yes, even after Listerine and tongue scrubbing!!). Given that his usual reaction borders on disgust, I've learned to steer free from garlic-containing dishes, even going so far as to check ingredient lists on my favorite foods (bye bye, Boca burgers!). It's sad, but you know, just one of those things you do for love! ha.
jendudley jendudley 10 years
Garlic stinks! I bought some for a dish I made for Easter and now I have a whole bunch left. I made meatloaf last night and put 2 cloves in it. I also grow my own. I don't use it often, so I give it away, mostly!
cravinsugar cravinsugar 10 years
I love garlic. love love love it. love it. And, I think it is is funny to know there is a fear of garlic. my apartment smells like garlic most of the time thanks to my love of it! ♥garlic _________________________________________________________ Why don't you wear the face you have when I am not around?
chancleta chancleta 10 years
i heart garlic. truly. on almost everything.
mandiesoh mandiesoh 10 years
i crave aglio olio now. :( i always use lots of garlic and chilli for that :drool:
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