Garlic is one of the popular vegetables around. Despite its smell, it’s also has numerous benefits. Here’s why we love garlic.
Garlic is a member of the Onion family known as Allium. It’s been used for over 7,000 years and its native to Asia. The Medicinal purposes are too many to list.
One of the healthiest foods, garlic is not only savory, but it has cancer protecting and anti-inflammatory properties.
How Does it Grow
When growing garlic, plant cloves after the first frost or in late winter after the soil thaws. From ealry summer to mid summer when the soil is dry, harvest bulbs when 1/3 of the leaves are pale and withered and store.
Didn’t you know that garlic was used to keep vampires and werewolves away? Also, dreaming about garlic in the home is supposedly luck. Those are two of the popular and fun myths about garlic.
Different Types of Garlic
Most of us are familiar with softneck garlic which is available at all grocery stores, but other types of garlic include silverskin garlic, artichoke garlic and hardneck garlic. All of these are different sizes and have bolder or milder flavors depending on type.
Creamy Roasted Garlic and White Bean Soup
If you dig both garlic and white beeans, this soup is for you. Creamy and filling, for vegas, this soup is ideal and easy to make. Top with parsley and serve with crusty bread.
Ok, this seems pretty unconventional, but pickled garlic is quite popular. It contains white wine vinegar, salt, sugar, thyme, peppercorns and peeled wet garlic. Use as a paste or even in antipasto.
Roasted Garlic with Thyme
The sweetness of the roasted garlic combined with tyme is a perfect spread to use on bread and an excellent way to use leftover garlic. Use as a spread on bread, a paste or even in pasta!
Garlic and Thyme Quinoa Patties
This is another great recipe for vegans. These contain, quinoa, eggs, parmesan cheese, bread, chives, garlic, thyme, onions, paprika, sea salt and olive oil.
Garlic Rosemary and Chili Almonds
This is a fun awy to use garlic. If you dig almonds, this is makes for a great, healthy snack. It’s simply butter, almonds, garlic, rosemary leaves, sea salt and chilli all mixed together. Yum!
Garlic Parmesan Edamane
Another healthy snack is garlic parmesan edamane. This is easy, tasty and pretty satisfying for that middle of the day hunger pangs. It’s edamane, oilve oile, parmesan cheese, garlic powder and salt and pepper. This is great to keep on hand.
Chocolate Covered Roasted Garlic
Here’s the most bizarre items on our list, but it’s pretty tasty. You simply roast the garlic top with hazelnut oil. While the garlic roasts, melt some semi-sweet chocolate chips with some melted butter in a mircovwave. When the garlic is done, just dip each clove in chocolate and place in the fridge to cool.