The March Veggie of the Month is Garlic!
If someone says, “This tastes so good…what’s in it?!” – the answer is typically garlic!
The flavor-packed bud is rarely served on its own because of its big powerful taste. Instead, you’ll find it in sauce, pasta, meat dishes, and anything else tasty.
Don’t let this veggie’s potency scare you. It’s a fun addition to any dish, turning a simple “yum” into a big “wow!”
Garlic’s health benefits
Garlic reduces total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol levels. It can also help lower high blood pressure.
Research suggests a connection between eating garlic and lower risk of gastrointestinal cancers. One study even found that folks whose diet included garlic had a 35% lower chance of colon cancer!
Garlic is a naturally occurring antibiotic – so while it isn’t a cure-all for sickness, it boosts the body’s ability to stay healthy and fight disease.
Even though you can find garlic supplements, it’s most effective when you eat it fresh. Luckily, we’ve got you covered!
Did you know?
- Onions and chives are closely related to garlic. What a fragrant family!
- Garlic was popular in Ancient Egypt in both cuisine and medicine. King Tut was even buried with some bulbs.
- Locals around the Hanging Gardens of Babylon called garlic a “rank rose.”
- During the 1918 flu pandemic, a French plant scientist used garlic to prevent the flu, so people wore garlic necklaces out in public.
Six ways to use garlic
- Bread you know? Slice a baguette in two and coat the inner part with a mix of minced garlic, pepper, salt, and butter or olive oil. Broil in the oven for a quick 3-5 minutes and tada – garlic bread right at home!
- Leaf it up. Make a simple salad with garlic, tomatoes, and red onion. Toss in some basil, pepper, red wine vinegar, or pepper – whatever you feel like!
- That’s amore! Pop garlic into any pasta for a little for a little zing.
- Smashing mashed potatoes. Mix in a little garlic with your mashed potatoes to give them some extra flavor.
- Guac this way. Add garlic to an easy guacamole with mashed avocado, tomato, onion, and lime juice.
- Hi, honey. Mix garlic and honey into a basting (or dipping!) sauce for a fun sweet and tangy fusion.