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The Aroma of Garlic
It's day 2 of Garlic Week on Your Garden Show!
“Stinking rose” is among the nicknames of garlic. This is halfway odd. First, garlic has no link to the rose family. It’s in the lily family, and its closest kin are chives, leeks, and onions. Besides, garlic usually has no flowers, rather a cluster of small bulbs atop a leafless stalk. Maybe “rose” refers to the look of the bulb, if you can see the ring of cloves in a garlic bulb as petals on a rose flower.
People who eat garlic smell of garlic, but I would never say “stink” of garlic. I get garlic breath every day from the tiny bit of crushed, fresh garlic in my homemade vinaigrette. I love the flavor and would never forego it. If you’re lucky enough to live in one of those Mediterranean countries where garlic has been grown for thousands of years and everyone cooks with it, you smell of garlic from your pores. This seems to wrinkle the nose of the touristas.
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