Garlic

Ajo Morado Ok     Ajo Ristra Ok

Purple                                          String of garlic

 

Binomial name: Allium sativum L.

Plant with white, fasciculated and shallow roots; the bulb is made up of a variable number of cloves between 12 and 15; each of which in turn contains two leaves and a bud.

Origin: plant native to Southeast Asia and Southern Europe.

Medicinal values: garlic is depurative, invigorating, anti-rheumatic and antigout. It acts also as a general disinfectant of the digestive system and as a stimulating mucous membranes. It can help to combat anaemia, congestion, bleeding, edema, arteriosclerosis, and avoids the risk of blood clots and strokes.

Caloric value per 100 g: 149 kcal

Varieties: white garlics (common white, Fino de Chinchón) and Pink Garlics (early pink, morado de Las Pedroñeras).

Curiosities: garlic culture is ancient and, since antiquity, its strong flavour was considered miraculous. In ancient Egypt, the slaves that built the pyramids consumed it in big quantities to fortify them.