Garlic, Wonderful Garlic

Getting to know garlic, a kitchen staple


Imagine what we could have learned in Latin class had we paid attention. Take that old friend of ours garlic for instance. The Latin name is allium satuvim. The modern word for garlic has its roots (no pun intended) in the old Anglo-Saxon words gar, or spear, and leac, or leek. When growing the plant looks like a spear, hence the name. Why leek? Garlic and leeks are cousins in the allium family.

Garlic has been found in the tombs of Egyptian mummies and was well known to the ancient Chinese, Greeks and Romans. In those days it was not a food :: Follow Gromit for more

Rhubarb Trivia and a Rhubarb Recipe

First, A Rhubarb Ruse

rhubarb plant

The first time I tasted rhubarb I was only about ten years old. My mom’s Uncle Steve had two long rows of rhubarb roots planted behind his house and they grew tall, ruby red stalks. Uncle Steve was showing my cousin and me the garden and I said something about the big red celery. Instantly he knew had a couple of victims ready to supply a good chuckle. Bending over, he chopped off a long red stalk and cut a couple of lengths for us to try. “You’ll love this. I’ll probably have to keep chasing you from the garden,” he said. His taunts made the promise of a big bite of rhubarb even sweeter.

Chomp, chomp. As our faces instantly twisted up in contortions Uncle Steve had his morning laugh on us. His wife, Julie, saw the whole show from the porch and brought out a cup of sugar to show us how rhubarb should be eaten raw. After some assurances, we dipped the ends into the sugar bowl and tried again. This time we loved the mixture of tastes.

Seven Little Known Facts About Rhubarb

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Five Tips for Strawberries and Some Trivia

Who doesn’t love strawberries…and trivia?

Strawberry plant

Let’s start with a bit of trivia! Over 90% of the US population enjoy strawberries, those sweet, red treats. Why even the ancient Romans loved them. While it’s unclear if the Greeks cultivated them, they certainly wrote about strawberries prior to Roman times. But, it is the Romans who are credited with first cultivating them, mostly for use as a medicinal plant. In the 1300’s the French were cultivating them as well, and not only for medicinal purposes.

King Henry VIII of England was also a fan, once paying 10 shillings for a “pottle” of strawberries, or about roughly 1/2 pint! Today a pint of strawberries in season will cost about $2.50 to $3.50 locally. That’s a pretty cheap food fix for such a tasty treat. It can be even cheaper if you grow them.

The first variety of strawberry in the United States :: Follow Gromit for more

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