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Garlic Facts & Figures

Fresh garlic has many uses and benefits, but did you know these additional facts about garlic? Let's take a closer look at this amazing food.

Did you know... 

Garlic is considered both a vegetable and an herb.

Garlic originated in Asia and is one of the oldest cultivated crops. 

California grows the majority of the United States' garlic, but China produces most of the world's garlic.

Garlic is a member of the Lily family, which also includes onions, shallots, and leeks.

Garlic is toxic for dogs and cats.

In the United States, April 19 is National Garlic Day! 

Garlic has been used throughout history for medicinal and culinary purposes.

Garlic has shown to have various health properties: anti blood coagulation, antioxidant, antiviral, antimicrobial, lowers cholesterol, anticancer properties and really helps fight the common cold.

The pungent flavor of garlic is caused by a chemical reaction which occurs when the garlic cells are broken. The flavor is most intense shortly after cutting or chopping.

There are many benefits and uses of garlic. Edible Maine perfectly sums up the variety of uses garlic has and the many health benefits garlic provides. Check out the article here.