Today is national Garlic Day! Mmmmm. Garlic.  I put it in just about everything  I cook. If I'm in a hurry or don't have any fresh cloves, garlic powder seems to do the trick.  And roasted garlic spread on a nice crusty bread... OMG, get in my mouth.

Everyone knows garlic is chock full of vitamins like B6 and C. It also contains manganese selenium and other antioxidants. Studies are showing garlic can help with cardiovascular issues, high blood pressure and might even help fight certain cancers. During World War I and II is was used to help fight gangrene. The sticky juice of the garlic bulb is even used as a component in glass and porcelain glue! Who knew.

Originally from central Asia and Iraq, garlic has been used for food, flavoring, trade, medicine and more for 1000's of years. It's easy to grow in a Montana garden (mine has been re-seeding itself for last 4 years). When dried properly the cloves last forever in the pantry.

We've all heard that garlic repels vampires, but in other religious myths it is thought to stimulate "desires", if you know what I mean. Heheh.



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