National garlic month
April 10th, 2013
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While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday.

Everything's coming up stinking roses - April is National Garlic Month!

It’s a pity that garlic has a such a reputation for bad breath as it’s an incredible herb. Not only does it scare vampires away, it has amazing medicinal qualities too. Plus, it’s darn tasty.

There are a couple of different types of garlic available in most grocery stores. Other than the regular-sized bulbs, you might also find green, black or elephant garlic. Green garlic is garlic that was harvested before it had time to mature and form cloves. Black garlic is fermented garlic that is sweet and savory at the same time. Elephant garlic is actually a leek that produces large cloves. It’s also milder in flavor which is ideal if you’re just starting to experiment with garlic or are going on a date. Then again, if both of you eat garlic, the smell and taste could be canceled out… (That is, if the date goes well.)

Speaking of bad breath, if brushing your teeth doesn’t get rid of garlic breath, try drinking milk. The fat content in milk helps neutralize the awful odors. You could also add parsley, lemon or fennel to your garlicky dish, which have a similar effect.

Another thing about cooking garlic, it burns really quickly and becomes really bitter when it does. There’s nothing worse than a whole sauce being ruined by one tiny ingredient, so keep an eye on it. An easy and delicious way to prepare garlic is to roast it: Cut the top off a garlic head so all the bulbs are exposed, add a little olive oil, wrap it in foil and roast it until the cloves have softened - about 30-45 minutes. Roasted garlic goes great in sauces, on pizza, or on anything for that matter - it’s just that delicious.

Of course, garlic does have benefits other than making food taste great. The key compound in garlic that gives it its distinctive smell is called allicin. Allicin has also been shown to help with high blood pressure and reduce the risk of developing some diseases such as colon and stomach cancers. Have athlete’s foot? Garlic gel can even help clear that right up.

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  1. Emmi

    I love garlic.

    October 30, 2013 at 2:52 pm |
  2. Caitlin

    Garlic is the best thing evr made!

    June 11, 2013 at 1:00 pm |
    • Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

      Who invented it?

      June 11, 2013 at 1:13 pm |
  3. Salt River Garlic

    So many garlics in the world–spicy ones, mild ones, hot ones, earthy ones–and people know so little about their wonderful qualities. Here's hoping people who love garlic take this month to learn more!

    April 16, 2013 at 9:25 am |
  4. Quincy

    That good to no! Must but that in my book.

    April 13, 2013 at 10:00 pm |
  5. T. Hirschler Alberti

    I love garlic: actually had some with my dad for dinner. Tried putting it in the oven on 160º for half hour, then spread it on toast with olive oil, dash of salt, hint of nutmeg, so hummina hummina

    April 11, 2013 at 8:25 pm |
  6. Count Dracula


    April 10, 2013 at 10:37 am |
    • VladT

      I know, right?

      April 11, 2013 at 8:08 am |
  7. food mom

    Garlic has been used for medicinal purposes for millenium (I really do not want to think of what Egypt smelled like as the pyramids were being built...). It is a purgative. It's scent is often released from the body through the sweat glands, so bad breath is probably the least of one's problems.
    I've just returned from Bavaria where my husband was mixing up batches of garlic-lemon "cleanses". He chopped untreated lemons and non-irradiated garlic (buy lots in season from a local farmer; it holds, as it's healthier), put everything in a large pan, brought the mix to a boil. Took it off the heat, let it cool, then strained the mix into bottles. No need to peel anything, everything gets strained out, peels, skins and all. Drink two shot glasses/day (am/pm). Keeps practically forever in the fridge.
    And you won't clash with your Chanel...

    April 10, 2013 at 10:29 am |
  8. Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫


    April 10, 2013 at 10:07 am |
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