info: Garlic is a plant in the onion family that produces an edible bulb with a strong, pungent flavor & aroma. An excellent source of manganese, and vitamins C and B6.
storage: Store whole in a cool, dark place with good ventilation. Garlic can keep for anywhere from 1-2 weeks to up to a month or two.
preparation: Remove the outer papery wrapper from the bulb and separate the individual cloves. To remove the skin from each clove, first cut away the base. Place smooth side down on a cutting board & gently apply pressure with the flat side of a broad knife, just barely crushing it. This will loosen the skin which you can then peel with your fingers. Chop the cloves to desired consistency.
Garlic can be used in many ways: Marinate it in olive oil & use for dressings & marinades. Sauté it with greens & lemon juice. Add it to soups, stews & stir-frys. Puree it & add to mashed potatoes.
from Garlic History
The word garlic comes from Old English garleac, meaning “spear leek.” Dating back over 6,000 years, it is native to Central Asia, and has long been a staple in the Mediterranean region, as well as a frequent seasoning in Asia, Africa, and Europe.
Egyptians worshiped garlic and placed clay models of garlic bulbs in the tomb of Tutankhamen. Garlic was so highly-prized, it was even used as currency. Folklore holds that garlic repelled vampires, protected against the Evil Eye, and warded off jealous nymphs said to terrorize pregnant women and engaged maidens. And let us not forget to mention the alleged aphrodisiacal powers of garlic which have been extolled through the ages.
Surprisingly, garlic was frowned upon by foodie snobs in the United States until the first quarter of the twentieth century, being found almost exclusively in ethnic dishes in working-class neighborhoods. But, by 1940, America had embraced garlic, finally recognizing its value as not only a minor seasoning, but as a major ingredient in recipes.
Quaint diner slang of the 1920’s referred to garlic as Bronx vanilla, halitosis, and Italian perfume. …read more