From: Happy Food,
Happy National Garlic Day everyone, the one day of the year when food lovers across the nation celebrate the pungent herb (or vegetable) with garlic feasts, fetes and festivals. Ok, we might have embellished that slightly, but National Garlic Day is a real day of observance when we’re all encouraged to eat more of the ‘stinking rose’.
Thought garlic was only good for seasoning and keeping vampires from your door? Known as nature’s wonder drug, garlic is rich in protein, vitamins A, B-1 and C, calcium, magnesium and iron. The smelly cloves are also recognised across the world for their medicinal qualities, and have been since the Middle Ages when Europeans ate cloves to prevent the plague. These days garlic is believed to prevent certain cancers, lower cholesterol and blood pressure, boost immunity against the common cold and work as something of an aphrodisiac – just keep your breath to yourself.
So how, on this day of all days, can we reap the benefits of this super-herb without warding off any friends or co-workers who come our way (vampire or not)? A slightly less fragrant alternative is wild garlic. Packed full of the same goodness as the cultivated garlic we know and love, wild garlic, or ramsons, has a slightly milder flavour and can be found growing in woodlands (often among bluebells). Use the leaves raw in salads or cooked in dishes like this delicious soup from 'The Hedgerow Handbook - Recipes, Remedies and Rituals' by Adele Nozedar.
"This is dead easy to make and a good way to start with this delicious wild ingredient."
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'The Hedgerow Handbook - Recipes, Remedies and Rituals' is out now via Square Peg/Random House. Follow Adele at @hedgerowguru and find out more about National Garlic Day on www.nationalgarlicday.com.
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