History and Facts:
Garlic is a member of the lily family and a close relative of the onion. The bulb is the plant part that has been celebrated in songs and stories throughout the centuries. Garlic contains the amino acid, alliin, which scientists say has antibiotic effects. Garlic is believed to promote cardiovascular activity and a beneficial, soothing action on the respiratory system.
Garlic is a source of potassium and has trace amounts of calcium, fiber, iron, and vitamin C.
Garlic should be stored at temperatures between 32 and 34 degrees fahrenheit, with a relative humidity of 65 to 75 percent. Typical shelf life is between 90 and 120 days. Heat and handling affect garlic's potency.