National Garlic Month

There’s more than one way to peel a garlic clove! Luckily you’ve got all month to figure out how, because April is National Garlic Month.  There are so many wonderful uses for garlic, you’ll be happy to have an entire month to test them all out.  In addition to being good for you, garlic is also the go-to condiment and seasoning in Asian, African and European cooking. Garlic appeared in central Asia over 6,000 years ago, and we’ve been putting it to good use ever since.  Simply roasting garlic produces a spicy yet almost sweet alternative to raw garlic, which can sting the senses if you’re not careful (and/or cause major garlic breath). Garlic also excels as a main star in garlic bread, bruschetta and crostini, or as a flavoring agent for infused olive oils, stir-fry, or just about any pasta, meat or vegetable dish when the flavor needs an extra kick.  It has also long been a symbol of good and evil across cultures. In addition to warding off vampires, garlic is supposedly good for scaring away demons and werewolves. But at the same time, its pungent spice can fire up your libido. Use responsibly, in any case.