“Tomatoes and oregano make it Italian; wine and tarragon make it French. Sour cream makes it Russian; lemon and cinnamon make it Greek. Soy sauce makes it Chinese; garlic makes it good.” ~Alice May Brock
April is National Garlic Month and we love garlic in anything! Garlic is a close relative to the onion, leek, shallot and chive. It has been used by humans for over 7,000 years for numerous reasons such as human consumption and medicinal purposes. Garlic can be grown in mild climates year round or in cold climates planted in autumn and harvested before frost. China is the largest producer of garlic today. Garlic is widely used in cooking for its pungent flavor as a seasoning or condiment.
Garlic has long been the subject of folk beliefs and thought to ward off or guard against demons, vampires and werewolves.
Health Benefits of Garlic:
Cholesterol and triglyceride reduction. lower blood pressure. helps prevent heart disease, anti-inflammatory properties, anti-cancer properties, hardening of the arteries. Research suggests that eating garlic may reduce the risk of having colon, rectal cancer or stomach cancer.
Garlic is believed by some to ward off mosquitoes, treat hair loss and athlete’s foot, soothe psoriasis and treat colds.
Tips on Choosing and Cooking with Garlic:
1. Microwave garlic cloves for 15 seconds and the skins slip right off!
2. The smaller you chop or the more you mash garlic cloves, the stronger the flavor.
3. Put a knife blade against chopped garlic and press down hard for a finer consistency or put in a plastic bag and pound it with a meat mallet.
4. Choose garlic bulbs that are firm to the touch when buying in the grocery.
5. You can buy peeled or minced garlic in oil in the store but to get the best flavor in cooking always use fresh garlic.
6. Do not refrigerate fresh, unpeeled garlic bulbs but store in a cool, dry place.
7. Garlic bulbs should keep from 3 to 4 months.
8. One clove of garlic has 4 calories.
9. One medium garlic clove is equal to one teaspoon of minced garlic or one-fourth teaspoon of garlic powder.
10.Baking soda or lemon juice will remove the smell of garlic from your hands.
The recipe below is a great way to use garlic!
Roasted Garlic Brussels Sprouts
1 lb fresh or frozen brussels sprouts, trimmed
4 cloves of garlic, peeled and mashed
4 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons melted butter, Optional
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon Kosher or regular salt
Pinch of cayenne or dash or hot sauce, Optional
Whisk together the garlic, olive oil, butter, black pepper, salt and hot sauce. Place brussels sprouts in a bowl and toss with the garlic mixture. Put sprouts on a baking pan and roast in preheated 400 degree oven for about 30 minutes, turning once. Makes 4 servings.
Note: You can add bacon or bacon bits. You can also sprinkle with fresh shredded parmesan cheese.
Try this healthy little addition to any recipe and Enjoy!
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