I like produce. I like to grow it. I like to eat it. I like to create recipes with it. I’m also kind of a nerd and like to get to know my produce. I like learning new or fun tidbits of info about the produce I’m growing/eating/baking. If you’re a weirdo like me then buckle up for this new series as I dive into a plethora of produce facts and share them with you. Here we go:
1. Garlic gets its pungent flavor from a chemical reaction that occurs when the garlic cells are broken. The flavor is most intense just after mincing.
2. Garlic is a staple in most kitchens. It’s one of the most utilized recipe ingredients since it is found in almost all types of cuisine, like African, Asian, European, Traditional American and Latin American. There’s no such thing as too much garlic in a dish I say!
3. In ancient Greece, brides carried bouquets of herbs and garlic, not flowers. I guess it would say you a ton on flower costs!
4. China grows a over 2/3rds of the world’s garlic—somewhere around 46 billion pounds per year! Holy garlic breath!!
5. There is an actual, on the books fear of garlic. The psychological term for someone with a fear of garlic is Alliumphobiac. Anyone suffer from Alliumphobia?
6. Garlic is said to fight off evil spirits, and keep vampires away. It is mentioned 21 times in Bram Stoker’s Dracula
7. The Windy City? Nope. The city of Chicago is named after garlic. “Chicagaoua” was the Indian word for wild garlic.
8. During World War I, garlic was used extensively by British soldier’s wounds because it was thought to heal them faster. It actually works and is still often used today in many 3rd world countries.
9. You can use garlic to make glue. Who knew? The sticky juice that’s in garlic cloves is often used as an adhesive, especially for fragile items like glass.
10. If your rose garden is being attacked by aphids, an excellent home remedy to get rid of them is to spritz the leaves and blooms with a mixture of crushed garlic and water.
Had you heard any of those fun facts before? Do you have any of your own to add? Is there a particular produce item you want to know more about? I take requests!