Farm Focus: Garlic
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 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.