National Garlic Day
National Garlic Day is an annual celebration held on April 19th. Forget all other foods for a day to delight in the garlic food or flavour. Garlic is a herb and probably a vegetable too which is known for its pungent flavour. The medicinal properties of the Garlic extend in many significant numbers and are used in the treatment and prevention of disease. Garlic is called to be the nature’s wonder drug as it has so many medicinal properties. It is most often used as a herbal remedy for cold. It is found to be reducing the blood pressure and cholesterol. Modern science has proven the antibiotic properties associated with garlic. Garlic is a spice that has been used as a seasoning or condiment for thousands of years from all over the world. The versatile nature of garlic needs to be celebrated and thus National Garlic Day has been created. The celebration of this flavourful Day promotes the medicinal properties and many uses of Garlic.
“I believe in the magic of preparation. You can make just about any foods taste wonderful by adding herbs and spices. Experiment with garlic, cilantro, basil and other fresh herbs on vegetables to make them taste great.” – Jorge Cruise
History of National Garlic Day
The National Garlic Day‘s history and origin are not exactly known. There isn’t any mention of the creator who has come up with this idea and the reason for this celebration. However, we could assume that this Day is set aside with a purpose to take garlic to the kitchen to celebrate the many uses of garlic in cooking. The history and origin of the Garlic can be traced back to several thousand years. Garlic is native to Central Asia as well as northeastern Iran. The Ancient Egyptians have been using the garlic as the food flavouring and in traditional medicinal treatments. Garlic is an amazing spice that has long been a common seasoning worldwide for its pungent flavour. Thus, garlic is added to many different cuisines of African, Asian and Europen dishes.
Garlic is a species of the onion genus, Alliu. The garlic is a stinking rose and is a member of the lily family. It is a close relative to the onions, shallots, chive, leek, and Chinese onion. Garlic is known for its pungent and spicy flavour that gets mellows and sweetens considerably with the cooking. It also has the wide-reaching medicinal properties and is used both in the treatment and prevention of disease. Garlic is used in preventing certain cancers, treatment in cardiovascular diseases, reversing high blood pressure, resisting the common cold, lowering cholesterol levels, overcoming fatigue. Garlic is also credited as with the extending human longevity properties. There are more than 300 different garlic varieties available from all over the world.
China is found to be the current world’s biggest producer of garlic and is followed by India, South Korea, Egypt and Russia. Gilroy of California is regarded as the Garlic Capital of the World. Garlic is found to be rich in protein, vitamins A, B-1 and C, essential minerals including calcium, iron, and magnesium. There are about 17 different amino acids present in this herb. When it comes to spiritual and religious uses, garlic has been regarded as both good and evil. Many cultures of Europe is found to have been using the garlic for the protection or white magic. It was said that garlic wards off vampires, demons, and werewolves. Dreaming about garlic in the house is supposed to bring good luck, and dreaming of eating garlic is meant to be hidden secrets.
Other Celebrations on April 19
April 19 is also celebrated as
- Bicycle Day
- National Hanging Out Day
- National Rice Ball Day
- Poetry And The Creative Mind Day
- National High Five Day
How to Celebrate National Garlic Day
Celebrating the National Garlic Day can be done in many ways. You can take this Day as the best chance to taste some garlic flavoured food items for the whole day. Enjoy all its medicinal benefits as with its consumption. You can even refer to any garlic cuisine and try preparing it at your home to serve it hot for your family. Eat some garlic or garlic incorporated foods for the next time if you get cold. It is important to spread the knowledge about all the health benefits of garlic to people around and make them indulge in eating it. Make sure you continue eating kinds of garlic as it reduces high blood pressure and cholesterol. You can share your love for garlic and garlic recipe photos on the social media using the hashtag #GarlicDay.