It’s National Garlic Day on Friday (19 April), so in honour of the bulb that we (most of us) know and love, here’s some interesting garlic know-how and also some top places to head for a garlic-fest of a meal…
First a bit of trivia on the pungent clove (you never know, for the pub quiz/banter)
- Garlic is native to central Asia and has a lengthy history dating back 6,000 years and was commonly used seasoning in the cuisines of Africa, Asia and Europe.
- China is currently the world’s biggest producer of garlic followed by India, South Korea, Egypt and Russia.
- Regarded as a force of both good and evil, the Egyptians are said to have fed the herb to workers building the Great Pyramid of Giza because they believed it boosted their stamina. In the Middle Ages, plague-phobic Europeans ate whole cloves of garlic to fight off the scourge known as the Black Death.
- Garlic is dubbed the ‘stinking rose’ because of its overpowering taste and smell, garlic is known for causing bad breath, which apparently can be neutralised by sipping milk or eating parsley.
- Ironically, despite its illustrious reputation, the herb that causes garlic breath has also long been admired for its powers as an aphrodisiac. Legend has it that Tibetan monks were forbidden from entering monasteries if they had eaten garlic because of its reputation for arousing sexual desire.
- Alliumphobia is what the fear of garlic is called.
- There’s also tons of garlic festivals that happen each year. Find out if you’ll be near one here: nationalgarlicday.com/garlic-festivals
Garlic-style restaurants in London
Garlic and Shots is THE place to head for a full-on garlic fix. Here no dishes are served without garlic. In their words, “When you leave the restaurant, you should feel like you’ve been garlic marinated. This is our mission from god.” There’s also garlic flavoured shots, if you haven’t quite had enough in your dinner…
You may also find an Indian-style garlic fix at Chilli Garlic on Roman Road in Bow.