Grow Your Own Garlic!
Garlic, or Allium sativum, is related to onions, leeks and chives. It is indigenous to Central Asia and has been cultivated by humankind for at least 5000 years. It is one of the most widely eaten food crops in the world and is commonly used in cuisines from Asia, India, Africa, Europe, the Middle East and the Americas. Today in North America and Europe, garlic is most commonly roasted (often with meat or vegetables), though other common recipes involve pickling it, crushing raw garlic and adding it to sauces and dressings, or even making garlic tea. Some of our Ukrainian friends like to eat whole raw garlic as a snack!
Due to its universal appeal and cultural relevance, garlic should be grown in every edible garden. There’s always a use for garlic!
According to Richard Rivlin’s research published by the American Society for Nutritional Sciences:
“Garlic was in use at the beginning of recorded history and was found in Egyptian pyramids and ancient Greek temples. There are Biblical references to garlic. Ancient medical texts from Egypt, Greece, Rome, China and India each prescribed medical applications for garlic.”
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) reports that roughly 10 million metric tons of garlic are cultivated annually across the globe on 2.5 million acres of farmland.
Modern research cited by the Kew Royal Botanical Gardens suggests that garlic “may be effective in many ways including: pain relief; anti-worm, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral, antioxidant, and anticancer properties; lowering of blood glucose and blood pressure; and liver protection.”