Bad Breath, Great Taste, Good Nu­tri­tion


McDonald County Press - - AGRICULTURE -

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Nu­tri­tional value and medic­i­nal ben­e­fits from sul­fur-con­tain­ing com­pounds called thio­sul­fonates made gar­lic one of the most val­ued plants in an­cient times. Those same com­pounds can cause gar­lic to give the eater bad breath too.

Ev­ery­thing about gar­lic, in­clud­ing its pow­er­ful smell, will be dis­cussed, ex­plained and cel­e­brated as part of Uni­ver­sity of Mis­souri Ex­ten­sion’s “Fourth An­nual Gar­lic Fes­ti­val” from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Sept. 7 at the Botan­i­cal Cen­ter, 2400 S. Scenic, Springfield, Mo.

The work­shop will in­clude pre­sen­ta­tions by Pa­trick By­ers, a Uni­ver­sity of Mis­souri Ex­ten­sion hor­ti­cul­ture spe­cial­ist, Kelly McGowan, a hor­ti­cul­ture ed­u­ca­tor with MU Ex­ten­sion, and Dr. Pam Duits­man, a nu­tri­tion spe­cial­ist with MU Ex­ten­sion.

Gar­lic pro­duc­tion in­clud­ing how to choose the best gar­lic strain, plant­ing and car­ing for gar­lic, and the har­vest and stor­age of gar­lic — will be ad­dressed in pre­sen­ta­tions. There will also be a pre­sen­ta­tion on the health ben­e­fits of gar­lic.

Data will also be pre­sented on the per­for­mance of 32 gar­lic strains in south­west Mis­souri and the evening will con­clude with a gar­lic tast­ing. There will also be sev­eral dif­fer­ent strains of gar­lic for sale in time for fall plant­ing.

There is a cost of $10 per per­son for the pro­gram. Ad­vanced reg­is­tra­tion is needed and can be done on­line, in per­son at the Greene County Ex­ten­sion, or by send­ing a check by mail to Greene County Ex­ten­sion at 2400 S. Scenic Av­enue, Springfield, MO 65807. A reg­is­tra­tion form and the on­line ticket op­tion can be found at ex­ten­sion. mis­

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