Dracula’s bane: The lowdown on garlic
Garlic’s bad for vampires – but great for the rest of us!
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!