Farm Focus: Garlic

August 13, 2012

By Blair Thomas

Garlic Farm Facts

Did you know garlic is both a vegetable and an herb? If you want this flavorful seasoning in your garden next spring, you’ll want to get it planted in the fall, about six weeks before the ground freezes. This will ensure the plants will begin to emerge in March or early April. While you’re waiting on your garlic, consider some of these interesting facts:

  • Garlic is a member of the onion family, which also includes leeks and shallots.
  • When selecting garlic at the grocery store, choose firm, tight, heavy, dry bulbs.
  • Garlic has been used medicinally since Greek and Roman times. Today garlic is a widely recognized health-enhancing supplement. It promotes the well-being of the heart and immune systems with antioxidant properties and helps maintain healthy blood circulation. One of garlic’s greatest health benefits includes the ability to enhance the body’s immune cell activity.
  • Garlic was once believed to fight off acne, warts, toothaches and evil spirits.
  • Its pungent flavor is caused by a chemical reaction that occurs when the garlic cells are broken. The flavor is most intense just after mincing. The smell can be removed from your hands by running them under cold water while rubbing a stainless steel object.
  • The psychological term for fear of garlic is alliumphobia.
  • If your rose garden is being attacked by aphids – or plant lice – spritz the leaves and blooms with a mixture of crushed garlic and water.
  • Drinking lemon juice or eating a few slices of lemon will stop bad garlic breath.
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