Garlic in the Bible


I don’t like the smell of garlic, but I love what it can do! I add it to everything I can think of: Juices, butter toast, salads, beans, etc. I was just explaining to my mother the other day that Garlic Salt is not the same thing as fresh Garlic. (I have a long way to go to teach her about food and health.) We never had garlic as part of our meals when I was a kid (my dad didn’t like it). So, I am making up for it now!

I was actually surprised that garlic was mentioned in the Bible. I have always thought of Garlic as an Italian ingredient, and never really thought about it being ancient. I was wrong, of course. Garlic was mentioned many times in ancient literature and once in the Bible. When Moses was leading the Israelites through the desert, they mentioned missing the garlic that they once ate. The Egyptians gave garlic to the slaves to keep them healthy and strong. Just because it was mentioned only once in the Bible does not mean it wasn’t important. In fact, I see that as pretty special.

Garlic should be a part of everyone’s diet. I am lucky enough to have a boyfriend who actually likes the smell of garlic, so I can eat it as much as I want! The aversion to the smell of garlic is a bit of a mystery to me. As the spectrum of bad smells go, it is just not that offensive. Perhaps the garlic lore of warding off vampires was a clue that good people liked the smell of garlic, and evil beings were repelled by it. I think that the people who eat garlic are generally healthier than those who don’t. It may be that people who eat garlic are generally smarter than those who don’t, but I can’t prove that.

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