A type of vegetable that has a bulb-like shape with a dry, layered exterior. The interior holds many segments of pungent, spicy cloves that are edible once peeled.
Most likely evolved from wild garlic in central Asia and the eastern Mediterranean region.
Spanish, French, and Portuguese colonists brought garlic to the Americas.
Garlic has been used for thousands of years to treat a variety of illnesses and maladies. While some of its uses have fallen out of favor over time, garlic is still thought to help fight the common cold, help fight infections, and help reduce cholesterol.
“Extracts from the History and Medical Properties of Garlic” by Biljana Bauer Petrovska and Svetlana Cekovska (2010)
“Garlic and History” from Grey Duck Garlic http://greyduckgarlic.com/the-history-of-garlic.html
New Oxford Book of Food Plants by John Vaughan et al. (2009)
“What Are the Health Benefits of Garlic?” by Natalie Butler (2017) https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/265853
Black Eyed Peas are a very traditional southern dish. Growing up, my mother always made sure we had black eyed peas, cornbread, collard greens, and stewed tomatoes for new years. Black eyed peas represent good luck and prosperity. As a child I hated black eyed peas and didn’t fully appreciate them until I became a chef. Now, as an adult and a chef, I continue this tradition and hope to one day pass it down to my children.