Garlic is a pungent member of the onion family. From its beginnings in Central Asia, garlic has been cultivated for 6,000 years. Although wild garlic grows in North America, the cultivated varieties came here via Europe.
Garlic contains the amino acid, alliin, which scientists say has antibiotic and bactericidal effects. It is believed topromote cardiovascular activity and a beneficial, soothing action on the respiratory system.
To avoid teary eyes, peel onions under cold water. Water washes away volatile sulfur that causes teary eyes.
Onions and garlic have been cultivated for 6,000 years and have been credited with everything from making hair grow on bald heads to giving valor to the troops of Alexander the Great.
Onions are the vegetable which gave Chicago its name since the Chippewa Indians found these "she-gau-ga-winshe" growing at the site of the modern day city.
The name onion comes from the Latin, "unio" via the French "oignon" and the English "unyun." The onion plant belongs to the same family as the narcissus.