How often do we eat garlic and not even think about it? Italian food including spaghetti, lasagna, and pizza. Asian food from around the world including Chinese, Philipino, and Thai. And, garlic bread. For me, garlic bread holds a separate category of it's own because I am happy to munch a whole loaf with salads, soup, or many common entrees.
- Lowers blood pressure
- Improve blood circulation
- prevent cold and flu
- reduce bad cholesterol
- prevents clotting of the blood
- reduces risk of heart diseases
- source of Vitamin B6
- regulates intestinal bacteria
Wikipedia has a wealth of information about garlic including the history and production trends throughout the world that report China, India, and South Korea being the top three producers with the United States coming in 6th place.
September is the planting month for garlic and Frugal Living NW has an article that shows you how. For those of you who don't want to step outside or have a place where you can plant garlic can also be planted indoors. And here is a video for those who would like to see the process, complete with a commercial and tips about the uses for getting rid of vampire problems.
Where to buy garlic
Can you believe there are over 300 varieties of garlic? It would be nice if you could run to your grocery store and buy a head of garlic to plant. That may work however they may have been sprayed with a chemical to prevent growing. Better to pick up some fresh from your local plant nursery or order from a catalog such as the ones listed below. Just looking through them may get you motivated for your spring garden plans. Gurney's has been a major provider for years. For Canadian readers this site has much good information including ordering, storing, and recipes.
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