A relative of the onion, garlic, or Allium sativum, has long been used for culinary and medicinal purposes.
In lab tests, garlic has been shown to have antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial properties, although nothing conclusive has been found in human studies. Garlic is also thought to help with heart problems, including high blood pressue and high cholesterol, as well as helping to prevent and/or fight the common cold.
In the garden, garlic is easy to grow in containers or beds. For cooking, nothing beats venturing out the back door and bringing in garden-fresh garlic! Try these delicious recipes:
How to mince garlic