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Garlic is one of the most popular flavorings on the planet, and rightly so. There is no point to growing it, because it is so cheap and abundant. Like taters and like pasta. Who would bother growing pasta these days?
Despite not being an Italian "garlic-eater", I love garlic. I am informed that I occasionally reek of it. Too bad. Actually it seems that the Chinese consume the most.
WTF? Not grow garlic? Now you've finally gotten me off the couch to make a comment. It's dead easy to do, costs nothing beyond the first year's garlic, and there is nothing like a juicy home grown garlic hitting the hot olive oil in the pan. Tim
Very few people are aware of it, but Einstein won the Nobel not for general or special relativity, nor the photoelectric effect, but for proving that it's impossible to cook properly without onion and garlic.
I'll admit that as a return on investment plus space plus labor, growing garlic makes little economic sense. But the taste of garlic fresh from the garden? Especially the hard neck types that aren't easy to ship and store? You can almost eat them raw...which explains the old European recipes that used garlic as a vegetable rather than seasoning.
I worked with a Korean man who always smelled of garlic. But seriously how can you smell like garlic in the morning after breakfast? I also worked with a man whose wife was Korean and he would bring in homemade kimchi for lunch. When he opened the jar it would clear out my sinuses from across the room. I can eat some Americanized kimchi but the real stuff is hard to get past the smell. For me garlic in food needs to be subtle not over powering.