The origins of Garlic
Thought to be one of the earliest cultivated farmed crops, garlic is believed to have originated from Central Asia where it can be found to grow wild. It then is thought to have spread to China, Egypt, Pakistan, India & Southern Europe, but it is difficult to establish its exact origins.
The Sumerians were believed to have used Garlic for its healing qualities and brought it to China, although there are also stories that it originated in China were it was a popular remedy from approx 2700BC.
Garlic was recorded to be mainly eaten by those involved in building the pyramids from the Bronze Age Egypt to increase their strength, whilst early Olympians in Greece would chew a piece of garlic before competing. It was even found preserved in the tomb of King Tutankhamen in 14th Century BC. Romans soldiers ate in before battle for courage and strength.
It was then introduced to America by French, Spanish & Portuguese settlers and by 1000AD it was grown all over the world. In the early 17th century AD the French King Henry IV was baptised in garlic water to ward off ‘evil spirits’.
Grown in England from before 1548 it is now a common ingredient around the world.