Garlic Myths, Superstitions, and Folklore

Here at the Garlic Headquarters we love reading about garlic and all the crazy things people have used it for throughout history! We wanted to share with you some of our favourite garlic tales:

– In the past, braided garlic was hung up to drive away evil spirits. Brides-to-be were “beaten” with garlic stalks to protect them from future illness and ensure that they bore healthy children.

– In the middle age, garlic was worn around the neck to keep werewolves at bay, and was hung above doorways to guard against evil forces.

– Dreaming that there is “garlic in the house” is supposedly lucky; to dream about eating garlic means you will discover hidden secrets.

– Roman soldiers ate garlic to inspire them and give them courage. Because the Roman generals believed that garlic gave their armies courage, they planted fields of garlic in the countries they conquered, believing that courage was transferred to the battlefield.

– Garlic was placed by the ancient Greeks on the piles of stones at cross-roads, as a supper for Hecate — a goddess of the wilderness and childbirth, or for protection from demons. The garlic was supposed to the evil spirits and cause them to lose their way.

– The Koreans of old ate pickled garlic before passing through a mountain path, believing that tigers disliked it.

– Garlic and onions were invoked as deities by the Egyptians at the taking of oaths.

– During the reign of King Tut, fifteen pounds of garlic would buy a healthy male slave. Indeed, when King Tut’s tomb was excavated, there were bulbs of garlic found scattered throughout the rooms.

– In Mohammed’s writings, he equates garlic with Satan when he describes the feet of the Devil as he was cast out of the Garden of Eden. Where his left foot touched the earth, garlic sprang up, while onion emerged from the footprint of his right foot.

– European folklore gives garlic the ability to ward off the “evil eye”. Central European folk beliefs considered garlic a powerful ward against devils, werewolves, and vampires. To ward off vampires, garlic could be worn on one’s person, hung in windows, or rubbed on chimneys and keyholes. When diseases caused by mosquito bites were considered “The touch of the vampire,” garlic came in handy as a mosquito repellent.

Pretty cool, isn’t it? We want know – fact or fiction? What do you think about these stories??

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Today’s Garlic Moment: Roasted Potatoes with Garlic Butter Sauce

Our roasted potato recipe is so simple but we can’t get enough of it! Check it out!

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Garlic in Other Countries

Hello Garlic enthusiasts!

Garlic is a way of life, so much so that it has been used by many cultures for thousands of years. It is, as you may know one of the oldest horticultural crops in history. The list of cultures goes on and on but here are some particularly interesting uses of garlic throughout historical cultures:

Tracing back nearly 5000 years ago, Egyptians relied on the properties of garlic in order for workers and slaves, building the great pyramids, to increase their strength and stamina, all while keeping them immune from disease. The Egyptians even used garlic to hide secret affairs. Unfaithful husbands would chew on a clove to disguise any scent left by their mistresses. Talk about a cover up!

Ancient Indians sought out garlic for medicinal purposes however at the same time deemed it as an aphrodisiac. Due to its believed properties, monks steered clear due to its ability to arise passions. The Vikings and Ancient Romans took doses of garlic for medicinal purposes as well.

During the time of the Ancient Greeks, garlic was known to be a plant of the common folk. The upper class wouldn’t dare to eat a clove at the risk of smelling like the lower class. However it was mentioned in Homer’s famous Odyssey and was even mentioned in Greek mythology.

Today garlic isn’t avoided as it was in some cultures a long time ago. In modern times, countries have embraced the stink! And with good reason too, they were definitely missing out before. Currently Mediterranean countries use it in aioli (a mixture of eggs, olive oil and garlic). The Russian wet their palettes with pickled garlic shoots as an appetizer. Italians keep their kitchens stocked with garlic for pastas, bread, bruschetta and more. And the Chinese don’t dare to skip the garlic in their ginger stir-fries.

Do you know any interesting facts about the uses of Garlic in different countries? What does your family do?

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Today’s Garlic Moment: Roasted Garlic

Roasted garlic is one of the easiest ways to prepare garlic and is also the most flavourful! Check out this garlic moment to see how its done:

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Today’s Garlic Moment: Hummus

Hello Garlic Lovers! If you want a quick and easy recipe that will satisfy any garlic craving, be sure to check out today’s video on how to make hummus from scratch! We hope you love it as much as we did!

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Grow your own Garlic!

With all the recent pollution and pesticide usage, growing your own fruits and vegetables has never been more popular. With homegrown herbs and spices growing in popularity, garlic is a sure way for homeowners to give their dishes the kick it needs without all the harmful elements that can sometimes sneak their way in.

While growing garlic is relatively simple, the first step is to make sure your soil area is weed free. Planting should be done in the fall, with bulbs of a nice shape and decently large cloves. Want a good tip? If you separate the cloves as close to the planting time as possible, the roots won’t dry out, leading to faster grow times.

So now that we are all planted, when do we get to make some buttery, garlic mashed potatoes? Well, along with keeping weeds away, proper watering and harvesting must be done on time to get the best bulbs possible. The key here is to keep your soil moist. Be warned however that it is safer to stop watering sooner than later. Garlic is harder to cure if it has been over watered.

Ready to harvest in the spring, take a look at the bulbs. If you can feel the bumps of cloves, then you are ready to go. Gently loosen the ground below and pull the garlic away, it’s that simple. While times may vary depending on the weather and location but come springtime you’ll be roasting your homegrown cloves in no time. Garlic tends to grow quite beautiful flowers, it’ll help spruce up your garden too!

So when you begin to plant your tomatoes and cucumbers don’t forget to add garlic to your gardens. What do you think? Will you be adding a little garlic to your garden this upcoming season? Tweet us at @discovergarlic, email us at, send us a video response on our YouTube account or post your reply below! We want to hear from you!



Health Benefits of Garlic

Including garlic in your diet is extremely important, whether it’s through the form of pills or incorporated into your meals.  There have been many studies that show that garlic can improve the health of your heart, prevent certain types of cancer and can act as an antibiotic.

Let’s start with the benefits of garlic for your heart.  Garlic can help you lower your cholesterol, lower your blood pressure and stimulates nitric oxide.   What is nitric oxide?  Basically, it is a substance found in the lining of your blood vessel’s walls.   This helps the blood vessel walls relax, allowing blood to flow freely throughout the body.  In addition, eating two or three gloves a day can reduce the risk of heart patients of heart attacks in half.

Some of garlic’s properties can also intervene with the growth of cancerous tumours.  A study that was conducted in 2000 showed that those that regularly ate garlic, whether it was cooked or raw, had their risks of having stomach cancer cut in half and the risk of colorectal cancer reduced by a third in comparison to those that barely ever ate garlic.

Finally, if you want to stay cold-free during the winters or want to avoid getting sick in general, don’t pass on the garlic!  British researchers had participants take either a placebo or a garlic pill for twelve weeks.  The ones that took the garlic pills were 2/3 less likely to catch a cold!  Garlic has proven it can effectively fight off bacteria and various infections.

Have you experienced any of these health benefits? Do you know of any others we’ve missed?

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