African Cooking: Health Benefits of Garlic

Eat food that is spiced up with too much garlic, and you will acquire the ability to simultaneously discourage women, ward off vampires, and attract Italians. Garlic is a species of onion that has been used as a seasoning in Europe, Africa, and Asia for more than 7,000 years. In addition to its culinary value, it is said of garlic that the eater will enjoy seemingly miraculous health benefits. As you might expect, with such a wide geographic source, there are several species, subspecies, and varieties of garlic, each of which will impart different taste, potency, and differing health benefits. Do a web search to find the variety that interests you.

Plant garlic cloves on the perimeter of your vegetable or flower garden. The odor of the mature garlic plant will ward off plant-damaging rabbits and moles. Have you ever seen a female vampire mole in your garden? Me neither. I planted garlic in my vegetable garden. Eighty-one percent of the world’s garlic is grown in China. In the United States, garlic is grown successfully in every state, with the exception of Alaska. Many Americans have rediscovered the use of concentrated garlic as a palliative therapy. Long before there was a pharmaceutical industry, tribal people used herbs and other plant-based substances to treat illnesses and injuries. Information about those natural remedies that were considered to have worked was passed to succeeding generations of the tribe and to other tribes as trade relations and travel connections were established. Wild garlic was one of those curative herbs. It was used to manage indigestion, to relieve pain, and to reduce both physical and mental stress. By the way, I am a writer, not a doctor. Consult with your doctor about your idea of adding garlic to your diet in a higher than food seasoning dosage.

I can attest to the warding off qualities of garlic. Years ago, I traveled to San Francisco with three colleagues on a business trip. After business was conducted, our host treated us to dinner at a unique restaurant called “The Stinking Rose.” Every item on the menu, including the dessert menu, was laced with garlic, and quite a lot of garlic in most instances. Let me tell you, on the following evening, four dudes with garlic oozing from their sweat pores sat in a center row of an east-bound airline flight, and this was a powerful thing! People as far a four rows back and four rows forward of us complained of a horrid odor. Some requested to be re-seated. Flight attendants held their noses and glared at us as they passed our row. I arrived home, where my wife opened the door to greet me. Within six feet of wrapping her arms about me, she stopped, reversed course and squealed, “What did you eat!” I had to sleep in the guest room for three nights while the garlic worked through my system. Worse than that, I dreamed that my wife was a female vampire rabbit!

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Tony is a writer, an author of several published novels, and an independent publisher. In September 2012, he wrote and published the first of a three-book drama series, “A Voice from New Mill Creek: The Methodists,” as an e-book. Other books: “How Tony Wrote and Published Two Novels.” and “The Star of India, “the second novel in the Voice From New Mill Creek drama series. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ICK8qpv0a30

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