April 19 is our favorite day of the year—National Garlic Day! Did you know that garlic was worshipped by Egyptians as a god—and even used as currency? That’s not all—it was used to give strength to Greek athletes and warriors, ward off the evil eye, and protect maidens from evil nymphs.
Just think about all the garlicky foods it’d be impossible to live without. There’s garlic bread, garlic fries, garlic pasta … we could go on forever. If you feel as strongly about garlic as we do, celebrate with us this April 19!
Why We Love National Garlic Day
A. It has many flavor profiles
Garlic is truly the miracle food. It can be sweet—through caramelization and roasting. It can be buttery and savory—through sautéing. It can be pungent and sharp—through slicing it raw. No matter how you slice, sauté, or roast it, garlic is a truly multifaceted plant. And it’s the plant of our dreams. Back off, bro, garlic is ours.
B. It may be smelly, but it keeps us healthy
Did you know that, while garlic is delicious, it also helps ward off major health problems? (We did. Get on our level.) Several studies have shown that garlic can reduce blood pressure and lower cholesterol, both of which help with better circulation. But we’re not done—oh no. It’s also an anti-inflammatory food, which helps ease heartburn and ulcers. Bad breath was never so good!
C. It packs big flavor with big benefits
You know how sometimes when you’re cooking and realize you forgot to add seasoning, you dump salt by the tablespoon onto your food for a quick infusion of flavor? (Okay, we’re exaggerating, but you get the point.) Drop the salt and pick up the garlic! It’s a great way to add bold taste to your dishes without adding extra sodium or calories. It’s especially great for masking the bitter taste of many vegetables. Is garlic the secret to getting kids to actually eat their veggies? Probably not, but we can dream.
How to Celebrate National Garlic Day
1. Get in the kitchen
Did we stutter? Grab a garlic clove and get cooking! Whether you’re roasting garlic for a delicious topping or using it as a base for veggies, you’ll be cooking with what we like to call The Gods' Ambrosia. (Okay, we don’t actually call it that, but it’s pretty damn delicious.)
2. Take the garlic breath challenge
This is something we just made up, but it’s the most delicious challenge you’ll ever undertake. Incorporate garlic into every meal of the day! No one will kiss you for the entire day, but it’s okay, because you’ll be eating well for every meal. (Plus, was anyone going to kiss you anyway? Just being real.)
3. Be adventurous
Try incorporating garlic in an unexpected way. Part of the fun of enjoying garlic is learning its different flavor profiles! Some unusual dishes include garlic ice cream, garlic rosemary almonds, garlic lollipops, garlic truffles … the list goes on. If you need us, we’ll be basking in garlic heaven.
National Garlic Day - Survey Results
Only 5% of Americans have avoided kissing someone because they had garlic breath—and that doubles for people who don’t love garlic.
Even though Americans love garlic, only 10% use fresh garlic regularly—15% prefer the pre-minced kind