Garlic

Allium sativum

Country of Origin

China

Description

Garlic is an onion plant that is used both as a herb and a medicinal plant. When garlic is crushed or chopped fine, allicin is formed, which is a strong antibiotic that acts against both bacteria and fungi.

Taste Characteristics

Garlic has a very intense smell and taste, especially in raw condition. However, the sharpness is softened when the garlic is being cooked. When cooked, it will have a more sweet and nutty taste.

Usage

Garlic is a solid ingredient in a myriad of dishes and can always complete a dish that requires a little “extra”. You can use garlic for fish, meat, bread, oils and vegetables.

History

Garlic originates from Central Asia, but has also been grown in the Middle East and Asia. The plant is one of the oldest known plants and has long been used as medicine.

Nutrition

Garlic is rich in vitamins A, B and C. Garlic is rich in antioxidants and also contains allicin, which is a therapeutic substance that helps the cardiovascular system.