Friday, November 13, 2009

Genus Allium (a.k.a Garlic!)

Garlic has always been one of my favorite food groups, a fact that has been known about me for quite a while. Before getting married, friends and family got together and threw a surprise bridal shower in my honour, and the cake was in the shape of a gigantic head of garlic!  I have incorporated garlic into all kinds of food, you name - I tried it: the 40 clove garlic chicken, roasted heads as individual appetizers, soup and so much more.  I love it roasted, fried, raw and caramelized.  Friends were recently telling me how they have breaded and deep fried some cloves and the results were outstanding.
I have decided to take some kind of control and ownership of my garlic habit and plant some now, in November, and await the pungent but tender green shoots come Spring and the gorgeous full heads in the Fall.  Reputable sources are saying that it is not too late nor too cold.  I have some tasty Ontario garlic that I plan to put to the test. 
In ancient times, Virgil declared garlic to be "essential to maintain the strength of the harvesters."  The great pyramid at Giza is inscribed with words of wisdom regarding the garlic ingested for extra strength and good health by the men who built it.   I can vouch for the fact that I am healthy and strong and have never had an encounter with a vampire, thanks garlic.


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