By Sean Cullen


Central and Southwestern Asia

Botanical Information

The garlic plant's bulb is the most common part used. Usually cut up into sections called cloves. The leaves are flowers on the head are sometimes eaten. They are milder in flavor than the bulb.

Parts of garlic plant

Common Culinary Uses

Garlic Bread Recipie

Garlic Bread Recipe

  • Prep time: 5 minutes
  • Cook time: 13 minutes

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  • 1 16-ounce loaf of Italian bread or French bread
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 large cloves of garlic, smashed and minced
  • 1 heaping tablespoon of freshly chopped parsley
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese (optional)

Sweet Or Savory? Fresh or dried?

Garlic can work well with sweet and savory dishes. It was also we fresh and cooked in or dried and flaky.

Health Benefits

Can help protect against cancer, can help improve your iron metabolism, and can also make your red blood cells better.

Interesting facts

Garlic is one of the oldest cultivated crops. It was fed to the builders of the Great Pyramid in Egypt in the belief that it gave them strength.

During the reign of Tutankhamun, you could buy a healthy slave for 15lb of garlic.

Garlic attracts leeches. They take 14.9 seconds to attach to a hand covered with garlic but 44.9 seconds to suck blood from a clean one.

The city of Chicago is named after garlic. 'Chicagaoua' was the Indian word for wild garlic.

It keeps vampires away.