As an adult, I've learned to use it more and more. Two times living in Korea really helped me appreciate garlic. The first time we were there, I remember trying it like so many of the Koreans do. Eating an entire clove. Oh.my.goodness... I thought I was going to die! What? This is supposed to be healthy? How can it be healthy and almost kill me at the same time? Geeesh! Lesson learned - leave the whole garlic clove eating to those who can handle Soju and Korean chili peppers. I stick to the simple stuff. A teaspoon here. A tablespoon there. Nothing over the top. And, I really cheat by buying the jar of minced garlic though I have a nice gadget to press it for me.
A few weeks ago, I saw a pin on Pinterest about growing your own garlic. I'd never really thought much about it. I tend to plant in my little garden bits of what my parents planted in theirs because I learned from them. If you read all of the above, you can imagine that garlic was never a staple in my parents' garden. Maybe that's why I never considered it. With my friend Christy's talk of fall planting over at Our Homestead Haven, I thought of planting something for fall. But, that was a few weeks ago and thoughts were as close as I got to actually doing! That Pinterest pin and thoughts of fall garden planting led me to pick up a few heads of garlic at the farm market earlier this week when I was buying all those tomatoes!
Planting and growing garlic seems pretty straight forward. As one blogger stated, any idiot can do it. Hey, that sounds like a challenge! Today, I broke apart the head of garlic and looked for a spot in the border beds to tackle for the job.
Time will tell. :)