Ten Interesting Things about Garlic
- Garlic is a member of the lily family
- In ancient Greece, brides carried bouquets of garlic & herbs, not lilies or flowers
- Garlic is one of the oldest cultivated crops. It was fed to the builders of the Great Pyramid in Egypt in the belief that it gave them strength.
- In Medieval times, garlic was used as a cure for drunkenness and overeating. People also ate whole cloves of garlic in an attempt to ward off the Black Death plague.
- Louis Pasteur promoted the antiseptic, anti-fungal, anti-parasitic, and anti-viral qualities of garlic in 1858
- Garlic was used as an antiseptic against gangrene in the First World War
- The odour of garlic can be removes from your fingers by rubbing them on a stainless steel object under cold water
- Crushed garlic mixed with water is a natural aphid killer when sprayed on rose bushes
- Chewing parsley is a natural antidote to garlic breath
Garlic is still used as an antibiotic in cases of antibiotic resistant bacteria.