Spicy or smoked, raw or roasted, garlic comes in many guises and varieties to make your dishes sing. Try these three garlic recipes.
Is there a more amazing a plant than garlic? Venerated by the Egyptians, eaten by the first Olympians before competitions and worn as buttonholes by Palestinian grooms to guarantee potency on their wedding night, it has been credited with medicinal, aphrodisiacal and magical powers. Ulysses apparently used it to escape from the clutches of Circe the witch, while King Tut took enough into his tomb to last him for all eternity.
In September's issue of The Simple Things, we meet Mark Botwright, who owns South West Garlic Farm in Dorset and believes “there is nothing more beautiful than a field of garlic.”
Three garlic recipes
In celebration of the stinking rose, we've hunted high and low for three top garlic recipes that really bring out the best of allium sativum.
Fancy a fragrant garlicky mayonnaise? Try aioli - perfect with prawns in this recipe.
Ottolenghi's legendary caramelised garlic tart recipe brings out the sweetness without the stink.
But if it's vampires you want to avoid, go for Alice Hart's very garlicky roast chicken - the epitome of garlic recipes.