What is garlic?
Garlic is a herb that is grown all over the world. It is related to onion, chives and leeks. It grows underground in the form of a bulb, which is composed of individual sections called cloves that are used for both culinary and medicinal purposes. Cloves of garlic are covered in thin, papery skins that are removed before cooking.
Types of garlic
There are two major types of garlic, the hardneck and the softneck: The hardneck garlic has more flavor/ is characterized as spicy, whilst the softneck is more grassy, plant like taste. Softneck has more cloves compared to hardneck because it lacks the central stalk. There are other available non common types which include ramps, creole, solo, black, elephant and scapes garlic.
Uses of garlic
For millennia Garlic has been used in culinary art, as it is delicious and easy to add to your diet. You can use it in savory dishes, soups, sauces, dressings, marinades and more. It has also been culturally used for medicinal purposes, whereby:
Eating garlic may help detoxify heavy metals in the body
Garlic contains antioxidants that may help prevent Alzheimer’s disease and dementia
Garlic improves cholesterol levels, which may lower the risk of heart disease
The active compounds in garlic can reduce blood pressure
Garlic can combat sickness, including the common cold