Christopher Ranch’s California Garlic Blog

It’s no mystery that fresh garlic is one of the most popular, versatile ingredients ever. What remains relatively unknown, however, are the distinct flavor, quality and health differences associated with varying garlic varieties. Christopher Ranch, a family farm in Gilroy, Calif., grows a California heirloom garlic that is a leader in each category. All Garlic Is Not Created Equal. We’ll show you why.

FORGET THE VALENTINE VIAGRA – TRY GARLIC!

Garlic Is For Lovers and Good Food!

Ahhh, GARLIC, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways. I love thee to the depth and breadth (breath?) and height my soul can reach. I love thee fresh, roasted, sautéed, pickled! My apologies to Elizabeth Barrett Browning, but Valentine’s Day makes me wax poetic about my favorite bulb. Give me a bouquet of stinking roses over those red ones that have never kissed a scampi or pasta sauce and shrivel before your eyes.

Which reminds me, just read the news that Viagra sales spike around Valentine’s Day. I’m wondering, why Viagra, when a healthy dose of garlic might be just the prescription for what a body needs. In ancient times (BV in BCE?) garlic was evidently the Viagra of the day. Garlic had such a reputation for inflaming passion that Tibetan monks were forbidden to enter their monasteries if they had eaten garlic. Greeks and Egyptians embraced garlic for its alleged aphrodisiac properties (garlic remains the most popular aphrodisiac of modern day Greeks), and Hippocrates agreed that ingesting garlic would contribute to sexual potency. The Talmud even approves garlic as an aphrodisiac and instructs the eating of garlic on the Sabbath because Friday was the night devoted to conjugal love. And this testimonial from Ezra the Scribe: “garlic promotes love and arouses desire,” pretty much says it all.

For some, modern science has confirmed that garlic might indeed be an aid to sexual performance, and studies have recently shown that garlic in certain forms can stimulate the production of nitric oxide synthase (NOS) the enzyme primarily responsible for the mechanism of erection. Does this mean Hippocrates was hip in the ways of love?  You’ll have to do your own research on this one, but doesn’t every romantic evening start with a deliciously flavorful candlelight dinner? Spare the garlic and spoil the moment, I say.

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY, GARLIC LOVERS!

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