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Member Name: mikeb2102
Advantages: Healthy, Nice Taste, Nice Smell, Easy to Grow
Disadvantages: Smell can linger in your skin and breath
Garlic; One of the main weapons in the battle against vampires, one of the main ingredients in Italian cooking (in fact in any cooking really). What is it about this vegetable that makes it so special? I use garlic in most of my every day dishes, cut me and I'll bleed garlic puree, I consume so much of the stuff. I am sure there is garlic in my cat and dog repellent, because it stinks of the stuff.
== What is it? ==
Garlic is a bulb vegetable and is part of the onion family, it can grow up to 4ft in height, but the tastiest part of the vegetable is the bulb, which is underground. The bulb is often white, with a skin like that of an onion. Once you break open the bulb there are two layers of cloves; Larger cloves on the outside and smaller cloves on the inside layer. It is these cloves that you can chop up, puree, and slice, to add them into cooking or medicines. Garlic is really good for the blood and the heart and contains lots of vitamins and essentials to your body's needs e.g. Protein, Iron, Magnesium, Fibre, Zinc, Potassium, Phosphorus, Calcium, Manganese etc. Garlic has a really pungent smell and taste, similar to that of an onion, but stronger, eating too much garlic at one time can cause it to seep out of your pores (I had a dish called North Indian Garlic Chicken with Green Chillies on a Friday once, it had quite a lot of garlic in this dish, and I had showered every day, and on the Monday I went to work and my boss asked me if I had just eaten garlic).
== Growing ==
Growing this stuff is relatively easy, my garlic hasn't fully grown yet, but it is well underway. First of all you will need 1 bulb of garlic and some soil or compost. Break open the bulb and use the outer larger cloves to plant, each one of these cloves is going to yield you one bulb of garlic, so for example; say there are 12 cloves in one bulb of garlic, that's 12 bulbs of garlic that you are going to yield for the price you paid for one bulb. Plant the cloves in the soil with the pointed side facing upwards, the flat side is where the roots are going to sprout from, don't plant too deep, they only need to be a few centimeters below the surface. If you plant them in the Autumn, you should have a nice bulb ready for harvesting in around June or July. When the leaves have started to wilt, dig them out of the ground with a fork and leave to dry in the sun for a week or so, then bring them inside. They will last about 6-8 months in the house. The beauty of growing your own, is you know exactly how they are grown, you know they haven't been treated with chemicals and you have the satisfaction that you have grown your own vegetables.
== Uses ==
Garlic has many uses, warding off vampires, you can slice garlic finely and put it in stir frys, casseroles, bolognese, soups, garlic bread, pizza, roast potatoes, mashed potatoes....too many uses to mention. I like to cut the base off the bulb of garlic, wrap it in tin foil and pop it in the oven on a low heat for a couple of hours, for tasty roasted garlic. When the garlic has been roasted you can pop it in a container with some oil, and it will keep for ages....fresh roasted garlic mmmmmm.
== Price ==
Garlic is a relatively cheap vegetable, you can pick up a net of three for around about the £1 mark in most supermarkets, it won't be much over a £1 and it won't be much under either.
== Verdict ==
I use garlic everyday, so I couldn't live without this vegetable. It has a lovely aroma, and I love it, especially if I open the oven while roasting some. It is one of those smells, that you either love or hate, it is a smell that will either make you feel really ravenous or will make you lose your appetite (this all depends on how much you love garlic of course). Cheap as chips and full of health benefits, what more could your body ask for?
Summary: Great easy to grow healthy vegetable, tastes great too.