April 19 – National Garlic Day

Posted on April 19, 2018

Mmmm...garlic bread, mashed potatoes with garlic butter, garlic and rosemary hummus...

Some people are turned off by too much garlic smell, and for some, ANY garlic smell is "too much." But many of us really enjoy the addition of garlic to sauces, breads, veggies, soups, salads, and meat dishes.

Garlic is closely related to onions, chives, shallots, and leeks. All those lovely savory seasonings have been used in cuisines worldwide AND have been used in traditional medicines.

Why medicine? It turns out that one of the compounds found in garlic, allicin, is good for us. It can boost the immune system, reduce the length of cold symptoms, lower blood pressure, lower the risk of heart disease by improving cholesterol levels, and even, probably, reduce fatigue. Garlic has antioxidants, which have been linked to longer lives, better heart health, and reduced risk of cancer. And I could go on with more health benefits of garlic!!

Here are some of the kinds of food that commonly use garlic seasonings:

Italian cuisine

Chinese cuisine

Middle Eastern / Arabic cuisine

Korean cuisine

Portuguese and Brazilian cuisines

Vietnamese cuisine

French cuisine

Greek cuisine

Spanish cuisine

Cuban and other Caribbean cuisines

Here are some extra-special garlic recipes.

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