A strong scent and many “magical” properties that strengthen the immune system, keep the onset of Autumn colds at bay, purify your body and soul.
Aglio e limone Bulbs of the lily family do indeed share a multitude of beneficial properties with our “heavenly fruit”. Besides cooking and therapeutic purposes, they are both fast gaining popularity as diet aids among Italian and American V.I.P.
Garlic, like lemon is in fact widely known for its exceptional antibacterial and antioxidant properties: it is recommended to combat high cholesterol and, consumed in its liquid form, stimulates diuretic and digestive functions. Small children are often given garlic to combat intestinal worms and as an effective supplement against seasonal colds and the flu.
It is a true and proper natural antibiotic.
The beneficial qualities of garlic have been known since ancient times: Galen of Pergamon for example, used to recommend it as an antidote for snake bites. It is said that in Medieval times doctors used masks soaked in garlic juice to combat and prevent the risk of infections, while in 1858 famous chemist Dr. Pasteur praised its precious antiseptic properties.
The pairing of garlic and lemon has recently been the focus of headline news due to its alleged tumours inhibiting action. The reports indicate that the decreased incidence of stomach cancer in Asia may be attributed to the frequent consumption of garlic.
Medicine that transcends from the body to the soul
It seems that folks have always worn garlic garlands around their necks to ward off vampires and evil spirits… Could it be the acrid smell of the organic sulphur compounds it contains? Not merely.
The exorcistic use of garlic has been tied to summer solstice Sabbath celebrations: one legend recommends getting into the “healthy habit of wearing a crown made of an uneven number of garlic heads” the night before June 24, Saint John’s day, to conquer the witches’ potent invocations.
Our folklore views garlic as a valuable amulet for warding off “evil eye” and, in conjunction with salt, as a talisman against the envious.
And beware of this potent aphrodisiac: medieval monasteries banned it due to its Viagra- like effects… Just think of what a might happen after a supper of fish cooked with lots of garlic, parsley, lemon, salt and a pinch of hot pepper…
Need to ward off bad luck?
Try a couple of legendary mixtures straight out of Neapolitan folklore:
– Garlic and small fry to still the witches’ spell…
– One horn, a double horn, anchovy and garlic heads…
And for true foodies… put lemon & garlic on the menu!