Halloween – get the garlic out

Halloween (this link will take you to some fun facts about it) is upon us once again. So, if you are celebrating have fun being tricked or treated, scared witless by ghouls, ghosts, vampires and witches.

Given that ’tis the season, methought it fitting to add a bit of spice to the mix with garlic.

It’s been around a loooong time. The Sumerians were known to use it as were the Persians, Egyptians and Greeks.

Those wanting to ward off vampires wear garlic garlands around their neck. Not sure if that works or not. But seemingly it is a good way to keep it fresh and potent for  as long as 9 months.

Did you know that  crushing the clove and leaving it sit for 10 or 15 minutes  will make it more potent? I didn’t. Apparently it converts the enzyme alliin into allicin. That is the major biologically active component of garlic. You can read more about it here.

For those of you living in the Northern Hempisphere of this planet we call Earth, you may be interested to know that it is really useful for helping with colds, flus and other wintery ailments.

This link will take you to Learning Herbs. There you will find DIY recipes, tips and helpful hints for adding this pongy bulb into your medicine cupboard.

Raili Tanska

Above all, have fun

 


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