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Pungent, powerful garlic best in small doses

Garlic is thought to have originated in central Asia. (SR photo)
Garlic is thought to have originated in central Asia. (SR photo)

Luscious, pungent and powerful, garlic is best in small doses. Overdo it, and the stinking rose is like a lover who wines, dines and overindulges you, then leaves you in the morning bloated, gassy and with a bad taste in your mouth. What else might you expect from a sulfurous bulb believed to ward off vampires and evil spirits as well as prevent cancer and the common cold? Throughout history, garlic has been used for medicinal as well as culinary purposes. It’s thought to have originated in central Asia and been used by humans for some 7,000 years. In the Talmud, ancient Hebrew writers refer to themselves as “the garlic eaters.” Greeks gave garlic to their athletes for strength. Ancient Egyptians believed it aided in endurance. Garlic bulbs were found in King Tut’s tomb, preserved for more than 3,000 years/Adriana Janovich, SR. More here.

Question: What dish involving garlic is your favorite?



D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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