Shalom Aleichem(Peace Be Unto You),
It's almost summer here at The Yisrael Family Urban Farm. We are preparing to transplant summer crops like eggplant, tomatoes and hot and sweet peppers. But before we can get these things in the beds, we have to make some space by harvesting garlic.
Garlic has been used for at least the last 7000 years where it was fed by ancient Egyptians to slaves and laborers who built pyramids to keep up their strength and endurance. In addition, cloves of garlic were found in the tomb of tutankhamen. In the the Mediterranean region, garlic is a staple infusing it's dishes with bold aromatic flavor.
Garlic has made it rounds as one of the healthiest foods that you can use. Whether roasted, steamed or eaten raw, we use garlic to season many of our dishes. Here are a few facts about garlic that should convince you to incorporate more garlic into your daily diet.
- Allicin, the active compound in garlic has been found to reduce blood pressure,
- It might not be a main ingredient in your drugstore acne medication, but garlic makes a great natural remedy to banish unsightly blemishes. Its antioxidants kill bacteria, so rub a sliced clove of garlic on the pimple for an effective topical treatment.
- Packed with antioxidants, your immune system could benefit if you give it a constant boost of powerful garlic in daily recipes. If a cold does sneak by, try sipping garlic tea: steep chopped or minced garlic in hot water for several minutes, then strain and drink. You can add a bit of honey or ginger to improve the taste.
- Garden pests don't like garlic, so make a natural pesticide using garlic, mineral oil, water, and liquid soap. Pour into a spray bottle and mist your plants to keep away destructive critters.
Take a look at pictures of our Garlic Harvest for to enjoy.