A few good reasons to love garlic
Garlic does so much more than give you bad breath, ward off vampires and serve as the main ingredient in Italian food. While it’s pungent flavour can cause the often-undesired garlic breath affect, garlic is a potent medicinal herb. It’s health benefits lie in two main areas – blood circulation and immunity.
Blood circulation: Garlic helps to lower blood pressure, reduce cholesterol, control triglycerides (fats) and thin the blood, reducing clotting in high-risk heart patients.
Immunity: Garlic can help relieve symptoms from colds or other mild upper respiratory tract infections, supports general immune function and relieves mucous congestion and coughs. It also has a natural antibacterial ad antifungal action, acts as an antiseptic, fights infection and contains chemicals that help to prevent cancer.
The best thing about garlic is that it is super easy to use. What dish doesn’t benefit from a few cloves? Paired with onion, the taste and aroma is unbeatable. Add it to soups, stir-fries, mashed potatoes, veggie bakes, dips, curries or sprinkle on baked vegetables – the culinary options are endless.
To receive the full flavour and health benefits from garlic it is important that you eat it fresh. Crush cloves of fresh, organic garlic and incorporate it into your food. Don’t rely on jars of processed and packaged garlic.
Grow your own garlic: The best way to ensue the quality of your produce is to grow your own. Garlic is surprisingly easy to grow at home. Simply plant a large clove of garlic in a pot of good quality potting mix. Plant the clove with the pointy end upwards, as this is where the stalk will originate. Make sure you allow plenty of soil for each clove you plant otherwise you will just end up with lots of green stalks and leaves. Use a large pot and plant the clove around 15 centimetres deep. Garlic may grow throughout the year, but it’s best planted in autumn to be dug up in summer.
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