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Garlic

Posted by terrepruitt on March 26, 2011

I love garlic.  I made dinner tonight with a ton of garlic and it is just so yummy.  Garlic is part of the onion family.  It is often referred to as the “stinking rose”.  Garlic itself is quite aromatic.  If you eat enough of it, it usually lingers on your breath and seeps out through your pours via sweat.  During digestion a portion of it cannot be digested and gets into the blood where it is excreted through lungs and skin.  Aside from making you aromatic 😉 , garlic seems to help with a lot of things in the body.

There is a protein needed to move iron around in the body, while garlic does not have this protein in it garlic may help the body increase its production.  Garlic is also proving to be an anti-inflammatory.  Which affects the circulatory system, the muscular system, and our bones.  The properties in garlic assist in the blood not clumping and in keep the vessels open. Garlic has been shown to reduce blood pressure and lower cholesterol.

If you like garlic you shouldn’t hesitate to eat it, cook with it, and use it generously.  Unless, of course you are taking the type of medications that might act adversely with a large quantity of garlic.

This food helps with infections from both bacteria and viruses.  I remember watching the Doctor Oz show where he said a clove of garlic in the ear over night can eliminate an ear infection.  It might help in the treatment of some infections that are resistant to antibiotics.  Garlic has a long history of being used in a medicinal fashion.

My family used to eat sautéed garlic.  It is very strong when cooked and eaten this way.  I think that roasting it tends to cut down on the bitter that comes out when frying it.  Roasting helps bring out the sweetness.

I never made a marinade without garlic.  I use garlic a lot.  Tonight I cooked broccoli in minced garlic and sprinkled powered garlic on the pasta.

I didn’t realize that some people have a  fear of garlic.  This phobia is called alliumphobia.  I guess I did know that there was a fear of garlic—I would think that vampires suffer from alliumphbia.  🙂

Do you like garlic?  How do you use it?  Do you cook with it?  Do you use fresh garlic?  Do you use garlic powder?

9 Responses to “Garlic”

  1. niachick said

    Oh yes indeedy. Being married to an Italian chef, garlic is a mainstay in our kitchen. Garlic goes in just about everything. I love it actually IN things, but it’s a bit strong by itself. My husband sucks on a clove of garlic for it’s healing properties — very good for the immune system. Also keeps werewolves and vampires away I hear. There have been none of either around our house (knock on wood), so I’m thinking that must be the truth. 🙂

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    • Awesome. I think my grandpa (Hungarian) is the reason I cook and eat garlic. He used to carry around a little shaker of garlic. He’d pull it out in restaurants and shake it on his food. I do believe that garlic does go with everything you want savory. Since I primarily cook with garlic I actually have to work at cooking without garlic! Just so that we can have a different flavor every now and then.

      It is very good for the immune system. I didn’t know about the werewolves. Good to know.

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  2. Becky said

    GARLIC!
    We love garlic around here. My son, 12, is a chef in the making. He cooks many of our dinners and he always pulls out the garlic.
    I use to take a garlic supplement but it made me burp. 😉
    Garlic is the main ingredient to many of ther marinades I use when preparing fish or shrimp or vegetables.
    And… if it keeps werewolves away that’s definitely a plus.

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  3. Elaine said

    I LOVE garlic! Have you ever tried green garlic? This time of year it can be found at the farmers markets and it’s totally delicious. Here’s a link to a post I wrote for a friend’s food blog last year that includes two of my favorite green garlic recipes: http://www.foodfixe.com/foodfixe/2010/05/3-ways-to-eat-more-greens.html

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    • No, I have not tried green garlic, in fact I was going to ask you what it is when you posted that you found some.

      (I just looked it up and read your post) I bet I have seen it before and just passed it up because I thought it was scallions.

      So, Angel-E, my list of “things Elaine HAS to make me” is growing. Ha!

      Oh and if you’d like one of these days I would love to have you as a guest here on my blog! Thanks for commenting!!!!!!!!!

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  4. suzicate said

    I use garlic all the time…love it! I didn’t know that it can have adverse effects with some medications…guess I shouldn’t really worry since the only thing I take is an allergy pill.

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    • It could be only garlic supplements have adverse effects with some medication, but that wasn’t clear so I thought it would be better safe than sorry and people could be aware and talk with their doctor to be sure.

      I love garlic too. Now I want to try green garlic. (Don’t know if you read that comment.)

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  5. […] meant to ask her about it when I talked to her but I forgot.  Then she visited my blog and made a comment that included green garlic.  She said she had posted a recipe of green garlic and spinach soup.  She has many things that […]

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