We feature Garlic as our herb for November, acknowledging that garlic is not an herb, but a member of the onion family. Garlic has a history of human use of over 7,000 years, and we absolutely love to use garlic in our Bistro.
Garlic has been used as both food and medicine since at least the ancient Egyptians. Hippocrates mentioned the use of garlic for many conditions including parasites, respiratory problems, poor digestion and low energy. Modern research studies suggest cardiovascular benefits of garlic, and garlic may have other beneficial properties, such as preventing and fighting the common cold, supporting a long tradition of garlic’s use in herbal medicine. Garlic is high in vitamin C and has antibacterial properties.
Garlic has been regarded as a force for both good and evil, and was considered a powerful ward against demons, werewolves and vampires. We just think it tastes great – and we celebrate garlic this month in our Bistro Chef’s Luncheon Trio and in a number of our other Bistro offerings.