We as humans have access to more food than we know what to do with. As a result, we carry on abusing our hunger and the resources that satisfy our hunger. We end up eating half-heartedly, partially satisfying food. Which in turn makes us all kinds of unhealthy; weight gain or weight loss, hair loss, mood swings to name a few. Surprised? I was too, didn’t think all this would be caused by food.
Ever heard food for the soul? Well, that’s not only true for good music and literature, edible things can also be enriching for a soul if eaten correctly and at the right time. Every season and every month of the year brings several edible specialties along, providing us the most needed nutrients. Fruits and vegetables grown in-seasons are rightly ripened and more nutritious than the ones we get an off-season.
Since September is around the corner, let’s look into the food September brings so that we can have a healthy, nutritious and rightfully delicious meal tables laid out for the month.
Let’s start with Garlic, some of us love it and some us won’t go near 10 miles of it, but let me give you a rundown of what that tiny bud of ‘awful, pungent smell’ holds.
Garlic – The Gift Of Nature
GarlicAllium sativum or Garlic as we know it is a vegetable and has the been used by humans for culinary and medicinal purposes for over 7,000 or so years. Garlic is eaten worldwide but it comes from Central Asia, this is where it was first grown, as they say. Onions, leeks, and shallots come from the same family as garlic.
Garlic, as we all know, is a bunch of several cloves or pearls of tiny garlic combined together, has a sharp a little spicy taste to it. It is cultivated all year-round in mild climates, whereas in colder climates it harvested in autumn, about 6 weeks before the soil freezes.
Nutritional Benefits Of Garlic
Raw garlic is an excellent source of vitamin C, B6, dietary minerals, phosphorus, selenium, and manganese. It also has vitamin B5, thiamine, calcium, iron, and zinc. Some studies have shown that it reduces cholesterol and has other cardiovascular benefits; also working as a blood thinner ( people on blood thinning medication should not be eating garlic, and it should also not be eaten before a surgery)
Medicinal Benefits And Remedies Of Garlic
It can help ward off colds and flues; add a little chopped garlic in green tea or herbal tea you’re taking next time when you have a cold ( Yeah, I know doesn’t sound all that appetizing but, “medicine tastes delicious” said no one ever!).
It is good for your skin and can ward off those pimples and cold sores since garlic has anti-inflammatory properties; so rub a little minced garlic on that red sore and voila!. People with the auto-immune disease might be able to benefit with garlic if added to their diets. It can also cut down salmonella and E coli ( Now you know why you cook chicken with garlic first, though you’d never ask!)
Garlic has anti-fungal properties which can help cure athletes foot also if you’re not too keen on getting a garlic infused pedicure you could just simply rub some on the designated spot on your foot. Garlic can save roses from aphid attacks, if you’re a gardener and have planted roses, mix water and minced garlic together and spritz it on your roses.
In one of our previous posts, Michael Shawn Majeed shared a recipe for garlic bread, that you can get to right away having just learned about the amazing benefits of garlic.
P.S. One last little tip, let chopped garlic sit for a minutes before cooking, to activate enzymes so that it can show its magic.
P.P.S Oh, and one more; that gum isn’t going to help with the garlic breath, have some lemonade or suck on some lemon slices.