The history of garlic is well documented in books and inscriptions throughout time. A brief history might include everything from the Ancient Roman proverb “One must be suspicious of anyone who does not eat garlic” to the use of garlic in World War II – the raw juice was used as a field dressing.
Ancient Egyptian slaves were given a daily ration of garlic to build strength and fight illness, the original Olympic athletes were given garlic before competition, Greek soldiers were given garlic before going into battle, Hippocrates (300BC) prescribed garlic to fight infections, garlic was used to treat tuberculosis in the early 1900s. Today, gourmets in the US consume more than 250 million pounds of garlic each year (according to Squidoo.com).
There is much to celebrate. Here are some modern garlic quotes that do just that:
“What garlic is to food, insanity is to art.” ~ Augustus Saint-Gaudens
“A garlic caress is stimulating. A garlic excess soporific.” ~ Curnonsky
“The air of Provence was particularly perfumed by the refined essence of this mystically attractive bulb.” ~ Alexandre Dumas
“The only advice I can give to aspiring writers is don’t do it unless you’re willing to give your whole life to it. Red wine and garlic also helps.” ~ Jim Harrison
“Stop and smell the garlic! That’s all you have to do.” ~ William Shatner
“You can never have enough garlic. With enough garlic, you can eat The New York Times.”~ Morley Safer of 60 Minutes