20 Amazing Facts About Garlic

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Garlic, like its beneficial properties, has been known to mankind since ancient times, it was actively used in cooking hundreds and thousands of years ago. People have long paid attention to its features and came to the conclusion that a plant that copes with diseases so well probably has another power, and therefore garlic was awarded the “ability” to fight various evil spirits. Interestingly, this superstition originated in many different cultures of the past, independently of each other.

  1. In Japan and Korea, the so-called “black garlic” is a popular delicacy. It turns out if the heads of garlic are fermented at high temperatures. It is indeed black in color and has a sweet taste.
  2. Scientists have proven that people who consume more garlic are less likely to suffer from heart disease.
  3. Garlic is an excellent source of minerals and vitamins needed to keep the body healthy. Its heads are one of the richest sources of potassium, iron, calcium, magnesium, manganese, zinc and selenium.
  4. Garlic was found in sarcophagi with closed eyes and in the internal cavities of Egyptian mummies. Garlic may have ritual significance
  5. In ancient Egypt, garlic was included in the diet of workers engaged in hard work, such as building pyramids to maintain and increase the strength of the workers. Once, about 1600 BC. e., a rebellion broke out there when the workers at the construction of the pyramids did not receive garlic.
  6. Garlic contains over 100 chemically active elements.
  7. Garlic is a natural antibiotic that strengthens the immune system and thins the blood.
  8. The name of the American city of Chicago, translated from one of the Indian languages, means “wild garlic”.
  9. In 1720, garlic entered the history of mankind as its savior, in the truest sense of the word. Thanks to garlic, France was saved. Garlic mixed with vinegar saved the French from a raging plague that could spread throughout the world and destroy masses of people.
  10. In ancient Rome, garlic was necessarily included in the diet of warriors, not only for health, but also because they believed that it gives courage and masculinity.
  11. In ancient times, it was believed that the evil spirits are afraid of the smell of garlic, so garlands with dried garlic were a talisman in many homes.
  12. The cultivation of garlic began about 5 thousand years ago.
  13. Garlic is capable of killing many harmful bacteria.
  14. The unofficial title of the garlic capital of the world is the Spanish city of Las Pedronieras.
  15. In 2009, there was a swine flu epidemic in China, and because of rumors that garlic is helping to cope with this dangerous disease, prices for garlic rose 40 times during the year due to the manifold increase in demand.
  16. For cats and dogs, garlic is quite toxic and therefore dangerous.
  17. Scientists discovered that garlic contains antibiotics back in the 19th century.
  18. In ancient India, garlic was actively used as a medicinal plant, but it was not eaten there because of its pungent smell.
  19. Most of the world’s garlic is consumed in China, Korea and Italy. In these three countries, on average, about 10 cloves of garlic are eaten daily per capita.
  20. Garlic originates from Central Asia. The researchers found that for the first time people began to domesticate this plant in the territory of modern Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

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