Dracula’s bane: The low­down on gar­lic

Gar­lic’s bad for vam­pires – but great for the rest of us!

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Fa­mously used to ward off vam­pires, for over 5,000 years, gar­lic has been used as food, medicine, an aphro­disiac, money, and in magic spells. The An­cient Egyp­tians used it as cur­rency, and un­faith­ful Egyp­tian hus­bands would chew on it to hide the smell of their mis­tresses from their wives. How­ever, Ti­betan wid­ows were for­bid­den from con­sum­ing it in case it ‘in­flamed their pas­sions’ a bit too much! Ro­man sol­diers would scoff it be­fore bat­tle to give them­selves strength and courage – as did the Vik­ings. In Me­di­ae­val Europe, peas­ants would hang it out­side their homes for pro­tec­tion against the Evil Eye. Its pop­u­lar­ity waned dur­ing the First and Se­cond World Wars - only to re­dou­ble by the end of the 20th cen­tury. Now, it’s widely used in cook­ing and health­care, and there are gar­lic shops, farms, fes­ti­vals and even vodka bars in the UK. What makes this hum­ble herb so spe­cial? Let’s take a look!

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