Importance of Garlic
Garlic is widely used around the world for its pungent flavor as a seasoning or condiment. Garlic is one of the earth's greatest health tonics. Garlic has been used both as a food flavoring and as a traditional medicine. Raw garlic is one of the very ancient spices used in Ayurveda. According to Ayurveda, garlic consumption has shown an increase level of energy, endurance and a health management technique of preventing diseases or assisting a cure.
Garlic is an excellent source of manganese and vitamin B6, a very good source of vitamin C and copper, and a good source of selenium, phosphorus, vitamin B1(thiamine), B2(riboflavin) and calcium. The sulfur compounds such as allicin and diallyl sulphide in garlic that serve as its spotlight nutrients in terms of overall health benefits.
Garlic Health Benefits:
- Helps support the body's anti-clotting mechanism in arteries and veins.
- Improves circulation, maintains healthy cholesterol and blood pressure levels.
- It has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal properties and hypoglycemic action.
- A natural antibiotic and immune system stimulant.
- Used as a carminative, aphrodisiac, expectorant, and stimulant.
- Ensures smooth coronary function.
- Regulates metabolism and assist in the discharge of toxic food residuals
Garlic Culinary Uses:
Garlic is a fundamental component in many or most dishes of various regions, including eastern Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia, the Middle East, northern Africa, southern Europe, and parts of Latin America. It is part of the normal diet in many homes because of its health benefits.
The garlic plant's bulb is the most commonly used part of the plant. Other parts of the garlic plant are also edible. The leaves and flowers(bulbils) on the head (spathe) are sometimes eaten. They are milder in flavor than the bulbs and are most often consumed while immature and still tender.
Garlic powder is made from ground dehydrated cloves and it is used as a substitute for fresh garlic. Garlic powder has a different taste than fresh garlic. If used as a substitute for fresh garlic, 1/4 teaspoon of garlic powder is equivalent to one clove of garlic.
Oils are often flavoured with powdered garlic, to be used as a seasoning for vegetables, breads and pasta.
Garlic leaves are used for making chutney, and then stir-fried with eggs, meat, or vegetables.