For Garlic Fanatics...
We invite you to visit the Garlic Seed Foundation
website. GSF is an informal organization of growers and eaters of allium sativum
dedicated to its consumption and production, and their website offers a fabulous collection of information about GARLIC.Learn more about the ancient secrets of Garlic: Click Here
Where Did GARLIC Come From?
- Garlic dates back to 4000 BC and is native to Central Asia.
- The ancient Egyptians used garlic. Clay models of it were found in King Tut's tomb.
- Garlic was once used as currency.
- There are over 300 varieties of garlic grown worldwide.
- Garlic has long been used as a seasoning staple throughout Asia, Africa, & Europe.
- Garlic didn't become widely accepted in the U.S. until around 1940. Today, Americans consume more than 250 millions pounds annually.
Why Does Garlic Smell?
Garlic cloves with their skins on don't have any smell. But, when the cells are ruptured by cutting or pressing, they release an enzyme called allinaise, chemically changing the inherent alliin into allicin, a sulfur-containing molecule. These sulphur molecules are absorbed into the bloodstream and lungs, escaping through exhaled air and perspiration, ultimately producing garlic breath.
Is Garlic Good For You?
- Studies have shown garlic can control acne, suppress the growth of tumors, and is a potent antioxidant good for cardiovascular health. Other studies show garlic can reduce LDL or "bad" cholesterol and is a good blood-thinning agent to avoid blood clots that could lead to heart attack or stroke.
- Allicin and diallyl sulphides are the two main medical ingredients that produce the garlic health benefits.
- Garlic contains only 4 calories per clove.