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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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!