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The wonder herb
Member Name: Gozaine
Advantages: taste great and good for health
Disadvantages: Can cause smelly breath
Garlic can be something of an acquired taste. It has a strong flavour, not dissimilar to onion. It has been widely used in continental cookery for centuries but has been a more recent introduction in the English diet. Eating it can result in the breath becoming smell. The smell can also be released in sweat. Some people believe that parsley will counteract the effect of that smell.
It is believed to have a great many health benefits. One of these is lowering cholesterol. It is also know to have antiseptic qualities and could possibly act as an expectorant.
Garlic is widely available and relatively cheap to purchase. It cost around 30p for one bulb which will keep for many months in the correct conditions.
If you have a garden it is also very simple to grow. There is no need to purchase anything special, just split a bulb you bought in the supermarket and plant the cloves, pointy end up just below the surface of the soil. You can plant and harvest it throughout the year and ensure yourself an endless supply.
It can be used in a wide variety of savoury dishes and will compliment almost any meat or vegetable. It is easily preserved either by drying, freezing, or storing in oil.
In short it is an extremely versatile and useful herb.