Herbs > Garlic Herb

Information on, uses of and how to grow garlic:

Name
Allium sativum.

Family
Liliaceae.

History
In ancient times garlic was believed to strengthen. The labourers who built the Egyptian pyramids ate it daily and Roman soldiers were given it to keep them going on marches and in battle.

Growing pattern
Perennial bulb.

Seeds
Buy Herb Seeds (Organic and Non-Organic) from The Green Chronicle (Pay in £, $US, Euro).
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How to grow
Plant individual cloves in open ground or in pots. If in open ground space them 15cm apart. Place cloves to a depth of 5cm. Keep well watered in dry weather. Harvest in late summer when the green tops die down. Dry the bulbs in a cool airy place and store for use.

Soil condition/position
Garlic prefers a rich, moist soil in a sunny position.

Appearance
Garlic grows up to 60cm high. The part used is the bulb, which is pale in colour and covered in a white, papery skin. Each bulb is made up of several small cloves.

Uses
Used in garlic butter, garlic oil, vinegar and mayonnaise. Add it to mince, lamb and hummus. Try it baked whole - it becomes much milder.

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