Garlic is a famously adored, used and respected in France. But did you know there’s far more to garlic that a tasty ingredient. Read below to discover some amazing garlic facts!

1. Garlic is believed to ward off heart disease, cancer, colds, and flu. The consumption of garlic lowers blood cholesterol levels, and reduces the buildup of plaque in the arteries.

2. The psychological term for fear of garlic is alliumphobia.

3. Garlic is said to fight off evil spirits and keep vampires away.

4. If your garlic has sprouted, it is still usable although it has lost some of its flavor and health benefits.

5. The smell of garlic can be removed by running your hands under cold water while rubbing a stainless steel object.

6. Garlic is a member of the onion family which also includes leeks and shallots.

7. Its pungent flavor is due to a chemical reaction that occurs when the garlic cells are broken. The flavor is most intense just after mincing.

8. If your garden is being attacked by aphids, an excellent home remedy to get rid of them is to spritz the leaves and blooms with a mixture of crushed garlic and water.

9. When picking out garlic at the shop, choose firm, tight, heavy dry bulbs.

10. Garlic has been used to infuse vodka and as an ingredient to make cocktails.