The latin word allium means 'garlic'. Alliums are herbaceous perennials with flowers produced on scapes, a flower stem.
Charles Dudley Warner said,
"In the onion is the hope of universal brotherhood; if everyone will eat onions at all times, they will come into a universal sympathy."And while all of us eating a diet heavy on the onion will not create world peace, it is possible to eat these strong tasting bulbs all year round as they do have a long shelf life. Some will keep longer than others. Short Day Onions or Long Day Onions? It depends on how you grow them and what bulbs you choose. I hope the articles on growing garlic, onions, and the rest of the allium family make your choices easy to understand and help your grow these delicious, nutrient packed plants in your organic home garden!
From the earliest times, garlic has been used as part of peoples diet. It formed part of the food of the Israelites in Egypt and of the labourers employed by Cheops in the construction of his pyramid.
It was largely consumed by the ancient Greek and Roman soldiers, sailors and rural classes. Galen eulogises it as the rustic's theriac (cure-all), and Alexander Neckam recommends it as a palliative of the heat of the sun in field labour.
Garlic is most often used as a seasoning or a condiment, and is believed by many to have some medicinal value. It also contains alliin, ajoene, enzymes, vitamin B, minerals, and flavonoids.
Although Gilroy, California, holds the largest garlic festival in the United States, there are a number of other ones around the country (as well as around the world). In Virginia, you can look to the Virginia Wine & Garlic Festival in Amherst, Virginia (near Lynchburg), on October 8th and 9th. Among the activities are a garlic hunt, garlic cook-off, and garlicky costume contest. Twelve local garlic farms will feature their products, plus there will be tastings from five local wineries, specialty foods, and arts and crafts exhibits. An admission is charged. For further information, go to: http://www.rebecwinery.com
Growing Great Garlic: The Definitive Guide for Organic Gardeners and Small Farmers
Ron L. Engeland has made his living as an organic garlic grower in Washington State for nearly two decades. He has cultivated more than 450 strains from all over the world. If you want to grow incredible garlic for yourself, he's the man to listen to. For those who thought that garlic was, well, just garlic, there are descriptions of the various kinds as well as fascinating history.
Garlic Kisses : Human Struggles with Garlic Connections
Part memoir, part philosophy, part cookbook, all delight: Garlic Kisses offers this gift: memories of a life of laughter and tears, seasoned with garlic and tempered with hope.