Garlic lovers rejoice! April 19 is National Garlic Day. Now if you can’t make it to Gilroy, California, the self-proclaimed Garlic Capital of the World, there’s no need to make a stink. In honor of the stinky rose, here are some tidbits about garlic you may, or may not, have known. Then you can use this abundance of new found knowledge for your own unique garlicky-good celebration.
Believe it or not, as Mr. Ripley would say, there are droves of different garlic types. You’ve got your hardneck and softneck types. There’s black creole, and elephant. And you don’t want to leave out ramps or scapes. Each has a little something unique about it that makes it perfect for…well, you can learn more about all that at WonderHowTo, because they seem to have figured it all out for us.
According to many authorities, garlic has amazing health benefits, everything from helping reduce hair loss to keeping mosquitoes off your skin. This pungent bulb is also packed with vitamins C and B6 and manganese, a mineral that helps support strong connective tissue, bones, blood clotting, and sex hormones, in addition to brain and nerve function. That, alone, should make you ready to chow down some!
Ah, yes, the age old question. Garlic has long been associated with keeping vampires away dating back to some of the earliest folklore. In fact, it is highly likely that this practice of using garlic hung around the neck, made up in a poultice and smearing on the skin, even eating it, was the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s use in “Dracula.” Historically, garlic was, and still is by many people, used as a mosquito repellent. Mosquitos are blood suckers. Vampires are blood suckers. Ergo, garlic will equally repel both types of bloodsuckers. That’s the short answer. For a longer answer, check out Garlic Shaker.
Everyone has their favorite way to rid themselves of garlic breath. Have you ever wondered why there was often a parsley garnish on your Italian dinner. Chewing on parsley after eating is one trick. Food and Wine has three suggestions and as epicures of the highest level, it seems like they would have the experience behind them to claim that eating raw apples, drinking lemon juice, and drinking green tea will make you, once again, kissable. Although, if you think you may be dating a someone who is a vampire, you may want to carefully reconsider.