Onions, garlic, leeks, and other Alliums have a distinct set of flavours and odours that pairs wonderfully with many dishes from around the globe.
While onions have to be the most widely used of the alliums, I find that garlic is the most precious, as it adds a high culinary value to any dish.
It also has a solid reputation for being an important arsenal in an apothecary toolkit. Garlic supplements are a hot item at any health food store.
And while there haven't been conclusive research done on the effectiveness of garlic in modern medicine, Ancient Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, Chinese, Japanese, and Native Americans commonly used garlic in their medicine.
From hummus to roasted potatoes, some of my favourite dishes feature a respectable dose of garlic.
Want to make garlic into an even more delectable ingredient? Roast it!
To do this, simply cut off the top of the bulb, cook in the oven or BBQ until caramelized, and squeeze out into any number of dishes.
Roasted garlic mashed potatoes are a must, but as the Dinner Mom suggests, you can also: