Garlic (Allium sativum L.), without a doubt, is one of the true joys of our planet’s culinary life. It grows wildly in Italy and France, but it was originated growing in Central Asia. Garlic is also one of the standard ingredients in most cuisines worldwide. Its bulbs have a solid onion-like aroma and a pungent taste, and they are not eaten raw.
But, where does Garlic come from?
Considered one of the most pristine grown plants is this aromatic herb. Garlic got its alias from garleac, an early English term that means “spear leek,” also a member of the lily group.
The Egyptians admired it as a god and accepted it as their currency, and also buried mud garlic bulbs with the significantly perished Egyptians in their tombs. But, archaeologists aren’t sure if the mud bulbs were meant to be money to be utilized in the afterlife or it was buried to please their deities.
Egyptians also adopted Garlic for payments and to support laborers constructing pyramids. Garlic deficiencies created labor delays because it was so famous among those who worked on the pyramids.
Garlic was perceived as excessively granular and similar for the sophisticated tastes of the higher ranks, earned a reputation for trying to avoid evil or use as traditional medication. Garlic could only be consumed by the poor and powerless. Egyptian clerics held Garlic in high regard but did not think of having it on their plates.
Garlic was also considered highly pungent for churches in other societies. For example, to access the temple of Cybele, Greeks had to pass a garlic breath analysis. Meanwhile, garlic breath was also regarded as eligible for sophisticated noblewomen and men wanting to pursue them in England.