Before garlic was honored the position as the national ingredient of April, it already had a very interesting and enigmatic history.
Centuries ago, it was claimed that garlic had supernatural powers. Today, we still give garlic a lot of credit. We celebrate the delicious gumption that garlic brings to a dish and the health benefits attributed to eating garlic.
National Garlic Month: The Facts, The Myths, The Legends
Whether you’re a wizard, a vampire, a foodie, or a health nut, you owe it to yourself to learn a bit more about this mystical veggie.
1) Garlic can boost your immune system
2) In a double-blind, placebo-controlled survey, it was concluded that garlic reduces the symptoms of the common cold.
3) According to Health Line, garlic contains 26% of the RDA (recommended daily amount) of Manganese.
4) Garlic also contains calcium, copper, potassium, phosphorous, iron, and vitamin B1.
5) Garlic is made up of allicin, a compound that helps to lower blood pressue.
6) Garlic repels evil forces. In ancient Greece, midwives would hang garlic all around the birthing room in order to protect against evil spirits.
7) Wearing a garlic necklace can ward off the evil eye, (modern-day side-eye).
8) Garlic is an aphrodisiac.
9) The soldiers of ancient Greece would consume loads of garlic before going into a battle because they believed that garlic would give them super strength.
10) The soldiers of ancient Rome ate a bunch of garlic because they thought it increased their courage.
11) Dream interpreters say that it's good luck to dream about garlic.
How to Prepare Garlic
Before you can chop the garlic, you first have to remove the individual cloves. Do this by peeling the outer layers, like the skin, from the base of the bulb. The flavor of the garlic in your food intensifies if you chop it. If you want a more mild flavor, throw the whole clove into your dish or slice it in half.
Your hands will likely smell particularly garlicky after your prep work. A little kitchen hack is to rub your hands with salt and/or lemon juice before washing your hands with soup.
National Garlic Month Meal Kit Collection
You now know more than enough information to inspire a tasty garlic creation. And because garlic is so great to cook with, we’re not shy about adding it to our meal kits—in fact, we prefer it.
“This classic chicken dish exemplifies everything we love about French bistro fare. It’s simple, rich, comforting and laced with sweet garlic flavor.”
“The green bell pepper adds a sweetness so good it compliments the garlic-butter perfectly.”
“Off the plains and in the cities, fajitas are often served with a garlicky chimichurri sauce and avocado.”
“The sweet ginger, savory garlic, and acidic vinegar create an utterly addictive sauce that glazes the crispy chicken and vegetables.”
“The roasted garlic and red pepper sauce are velvety smooth. It’s the perfect savory complement to the tender zoodles.”
April is National Garlic Month
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