A bunch of Nubian garlic in “Nonna’s kitchen”
Aside from keeping vampires at bay garlic is perhaps one of the most important ingredients to keep in ones kitchen.
Red Nubian garlic in a wooden bowl
The nutritional and health benefits of garlic have been known for thousands of years. In sicily, certainly in and around the town of Trapani, the Aglio Rosso di Nubia is a common sight. It is grown in the countryside centred on the village of Nubia, just outside Trapani in the direction of Marsala.
While a single clove of garlic is not going to have a significant impact, health-wise, a 100 gms (rather a lot even spread throughout the day) offers significant qualtities of vitamins B6 and C, and the dietary minerals manganese and phosphorus (approx 20% of daily need).
I once ate a whole garlic bulb that had been roasted. Delicious at the time but I suspect those near me weren’t so pleased with the garlic smell that stayed with me till next day!
Source: US Department of Agriculture
Garlic has been used medicinally as a cold remedy, though it seems there is no evidence to prove it works. It does have anti-bacterial properties and may be beneficial in reducing hypertension and some forms of cancer.
Personally I enjoy garlic with soups, sauces and salads and will take it with honey if I have a cold.
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