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  • garlic dates back to 4000 BC
  • native to Central Asia
  • member of the lily family
  • used as currency
  • 250 million pounds of garlic are consumed annually
  • considered a herbal wonder drug
  • potent antioxidant
  • over 300 varieties worldwide
  • 4 calories per clove
  • anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral and anti-parasitic properties
  • an "evil" repellant, especially of the vampire variety
first things first...

Garlic has been dubbed the "stinking rose". The herb contains many powerful sulfer containing compounds...more than 80. These compounds are what give garlic its smell, taste and health benefits.


Plant your own garlic.
Place a clove in an upright position, one inch below the surface of the soil.
Plant cloves 4 inches apart. Add a generous amount of sunlight and water.
Harvest the garlic when the leaves of the plant turn slightly brownish.
Best to clean off the dirt just before use.

“the best” garlic recipes

I love this recipe for easy addition to garlic to recipes. It keeps up to one month in the refrigerator or freeze in small amounts. It is very concentrated so use about a tablespoon for a dish that is to serve four.

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Garlic Butter Enrichment

1/2 c garlic cloves
1/2 c cold water
2 T butter

  1. Puree the garlic and water in a blender
  2. In a saucepan, melt the butter, not letting it bubble
  3. Add the garlic puree and cook on medium heat without stirring for about five minutes, or until the water has evaporated. The mixture should bubble up with "ploppy craters."
  4. Allow the mixture to cool to room temperature. Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator.
Recipe from Zarelaʼs Veracruz, Mexicoʼs Simplest Cuisine
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