Garlic is a herb from the lily family, it has been used as a food and prescribed as a medicine since the pharaohs has been ruling Egypt, they even put clay shaped garlic with in the tombs of the dead pharaohs.
The Ancient Egyptians, the Greeks, the ancient Asian all understood the importance of garlic and used it in their kitchen.
Hippocrates used garlic to treat poor digestion, fatigue, parasites and respiratory system. While the ancient people in middle Asia used garlic in treating high blood pressure, bronchitis, diabetes, tuberculosis, fevers and intestinal worms.
Nowadays garlic has been proved to be used as a treatment for heart and blood system diseases as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart attacks, coronary heart disease and atherosclerosis. It is also used to prevent some types of cancers as colon cancer, stomach cancer, prostate cancer and rectal cancer. It can be used as an antibacterial and antiviral, its oil is used to treat skin infections. It helps in increasing insulin releases which help diabetes.
How to prepare the garlic to use it?
Divide the bulb to cloves and then peel the cloves and crush it to add it to your food. You can crush the garlic by using the garlic press which you can crush the garlic without peeling. Also you can use a knife with large blade to crush the clove by pressing on the clove by pressing using your hand on the large blade, then add a sprinkle of salt and crush it again. Do not use the green parts of a garlic because it tastes bitter.
How to preserve the garlic?
You can find fresh garlic in the summer, you can preserve it for two weeks in bulbs and only cut the cloves you need and keep the rest intact, keep it in a dried place.
It can also be preserved in other forms to be used in the other seasons. It can be dried and kept in strings, it can also be smashed to powder and keep it to be used later. You can also get a large amount of fresh bulbs, peel it and then crush and freeze it after making it in the sort of cubes.