Say My Name: It's GARLIC!
Your Immune System's Watch Dog
Garlic has the hearts of many households and is considered family at every dinner table.
Along my foodie journey, I didn't discovered garlic—in any form—until I was well in my late teens. From memory, I remember my fourth block class being Culinary I. My teacher (and one of my inspirations to pursue food), Mrs. MacVey, challenged us to make meatball subs. I learned garlic brings the best out of many proteins, vegetables, and starches.
As I enjoyed the purpose of granulated and powdered garlic, I was amazed when I discovered garlic cloves. I appreciated minced garlic for the quicker, yet still savory meals. The best lesson I've learned about garlic is that it's definitely flexible.
Whether it's minced, whole, sliced, or crushed garlic is an all-around winner in my household, my taste buds, and immune system.
Garlic, also known as allium satiuum, was used as a medicine throughout Egyptian, Babylonian, Greek, Roman, and Chinese history. Ancient Egypt used garlic for its culinary and therapeutic benefits. Mid- and West Asia and Nepal used garlic to treat hypertension, liver disorders, diabetes, and fevers.
Garlic treated a wide range of conditions and diseases.
Ancient Greek physician, Hippocrates, would prescribe garlic for treating respiratory problems, digestion, and fatigue.
Garlic Boosts Your Immune System
For the past six years, I've added garlic into almost every recipe I create and develop. Yes, even the biscuits.
It wasn't until I began conducting research on garlic that I realized I haven't had a common cold or flu in over five years.
Studies found garlic extract reduces the number of days with the common cold or flu by 61%.
According to Dr. Axe, garlic has anti-microbial, anti-viral, and anti-fungal properties that help relieve the common cold.
Garlic has compounds that aid the immune systems in fighting germs. Alliin is an essential compound found in whole garlic. Alliin boost the disease-fighting response when the white blood cells come in contact with a virus.
To release alliin in garlic, you can crush, chew, or slice it.
Eating garlic regularly can help prevent coming in contact the common cold or flu. Whether its my morning scrambled egg, chicken for my lunch salad, or in my reduction on my dinner plate, eating garlic has its perks.
Hey, what can I say? I rather enjoy wearing sweaters and turtlenecks because they're warm, not because I have to keep the wind off of my chest and throat...
Cook with garlic in many ways!
Garlic has its own personality when cooking. Whether your inspiration is Italian or Mediterranean, garlic has its way of giving your favorite dishes a different taste.
Whether I'm adding pizzazz to my lunch salads, or my reductions and sauces for dinner parties, I like to use Stella Bistro Foods Rustic Italian Sultry Spice. My smoked Gouda and cucumber Triscuit appetizers are great with thinly sliced tomatoes and a few dashes of Stella Bistro Foods Rustic Italian Sultry Spice.