Happy National Garlic Day – 19 April 2022

Happy National Garlic Day – 19 April 2022

Did you celebrate ‘National Garlic Day’ on the 19th April? Whether you are trying to bulk up or lose weight, garlic should form part of your diet. For thousands of years, people all over the world have hailed garlic as an elixir of health. Its cloves are said to help treat the common cold, keep the plague at bay, and even ward off vampires. Despite its notorious odor, this veggie is the bulb of a plant in the sweet-smelling lily family. Ancient writings show that garlic was used as an aphrodisiac in India and as currency in Egypt. And for thousands of years this fragrant and potent root has been seasoning dishes of the wealthy and the poor alike. National Garlic Day is celebrated on April 19th.

At just 4 calories per clove, it’s a low-cal immunity-boosting superstar. One clove contains 5 mg of calcium, 12 mg of potassium, and more than 100 sulfuric compounds — powerful enough to wipe out bacteria and infection (it was used to prevent gangrene in both world wars). Raw garlic, not cooked or dried, is most beneficial for health, since heat and water inactivate sulfur enzymes, which can diminish garlic’s antibiotic effects. In clinical trials, the toxin-fighting staple seems to lower blood pressure and cholesterol and kill parasites in the body.

Garlic close relatives include the onion, shallot, leek, chive, Welsh onion and Chinese onion. It is native to Central Asia and northeastern Iran and has long been used as a seasoning worldwide, with a history of several thousand years of human consumption and use. It was known to ancient Egyptians and has been used as both a food flavoring and as traditional medicine. China produces 76% of the world’s supply of garlic.

Myth and superstition reek of garlic. The most familiar one suggests that garlic wards off vampires. This same theory seemed to work on witches, werewolves, demons and other such evils one might cross. Folklore also tells us garlic grew from satan’s left footprint when he left the Garden of Eden. There are tales of Greek midwives who used garlic to keep evil spirits away, and courage filled Roman soldiers who consumed the bulb.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalGarlicDay

  • Celebrate the day by cooking a terrific meal with garlic
  • Attend one of the many garlic festivals around the world
  • Share your favorite recipes using garlic
  • Plant garlic in your garden so you can have the freshest bulbs possible
  • Share photos of delicious garlic dishes
  • Add some extra garlic to your pizza, pasta, or bread
  • Use #NationalGarlicDay to share on social media.  

FAQ

Q. How do I grow garlic?

A. Garlic grows best in cooler climates because it needs to experience several weeks of col and dormancy to create new bulbs. Purchase garlic bulbs from a nursery for best results and plant them in the fall to reap the benefits the following year. Plant in well-drained, rich soil. Different varieties grow better in different climates so speak with your local nursery to determine the best garlic bulbs for your area.

Q. How long will garlic last?

A. An unpeeled clove can last up to six weeks or longer if stored in a cool, dry, dark space.

Q. Can I freeze garlic?

A. Yes. Nearly every form of garlic from the whole bulb to minced garlic can be frozen. Seal in an air-tight, freezer-safe container. For minced garlic, divide into teaspoon-sized portions and freeze on a baking sheet. Once frozen, place in a freezer bag.

Q. When should you avoid garlic?

A. Bleeding disorder: Garlic, especially fresh garlic, might increase the risk of bleeding. Surgery: Garlic might prolong bleeding and interfere with blood pressure. Garlic might also lower blood sugar levels. Stop taking garlic at least two weeks before a scheduled surgery.

Q. How many garlic cloves should I eat a day?

A. You shouldn’t add too much garlic to your diet, too quickly. “One to two cloves a day should be the maximum consumed by anyone,” says Tracey Brigman, a food and nutrition expert at the University of Georgia. Eating more than that may cause upset stomach, diarrhea, bloating, or bad breath.

Q. Is it better to eat raw or cooked garlic?

“You’ll get the most benefit from raw garlic,” says Jeffers. “But if you choose to cook it, don’t heat it above 140 degrees Fahrenheit (60 degrees Celsius). Higher temperatures kill the allicin, so add garlic to your recipes when you’re almost done cooking.”

Q. How long does garlic stay in your system?

A. Science Of Stink: Blame Sulfur Compounds For Your Garlic Breath : The Salt A sulfur compound in garlic can linger in the body for up to two days, stinking up your breath, sweat and pee. Milk, parsley or citrus might help break it down more quickly or mask the stench.

Q. What happens if you eat ginger and garlic everyday?

A. Garlic and ginger have potent anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiviral, and antimicrobial properties. Thus, adding them to your diet may help keep your immune system healthy.

I very seldom get a cold or the flu but if I do my home remedies include garlic, honey, lemon, white or black pepper, chillies and ginger.

Tony Sousa

Q. What happens if you eat garlic and honey everyday?

A. Both garlic and honey are high in antioxidant compounds. These healthy chemicals help to balance your immune system and prevent illness.

Q. How do you use lemon and garlic for weight loss?

A. Add the juice of a lemon and 1 crushed clove of garlic in a glass of warm water. Mix it well and drink it. As per experts, lemon juice and raw garlic help in stimulating weight loss. The concoction of honey and raw garlic is also effective in weight loss.

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