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Updated: Jun 28

Garlic ready for OHN in KNF

Garlic, a member of the onion family, is a widely cultivated plant prized for its culinary and medicinal properties. It has distinctive cloves clustered within bulbs, and there are hundreds of varieties. Garlic is esteemed for its health benefits, including its antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory properties. It is typically planted in the fall before harvest in late spring or early summer.

Using Garlic in KNF

Garlic is one of the primary plants used in Korean Natural Farming, KNF. It is an ingredient in Oriental Herbal Nutrient, OHN, a tonic with a specific recipe developed by Master Cho Han-Kyu. The tonic OHN is used in basically every formulation in the KNF system.

Botanical Overview:

  • Family: Amaryllidaceae (Onions).

  • Parts: It consists of cloves clustered together in a bulb, covered in a papery skin.

  • Growth: Garlic grows underground and is typically propagated by planting individual cloves, which then develop into bulbs.

  • Varieties: There are hundreds of garlic varieties, classified into two main types: hardneck and softneck.

Culinary Use:

  • Flavor: Garlic has a strong, pungent flavor that becomes milder and sweeter when cooked.

  • Ingredient: It's a fundamental ingredient in many cuisines around the world.

  • Forms: Garlic can be used fresh, dried (as garlic powder or flakes), or as a paste.

  • Versatility: It is used in a wide variety of dishes worldwide in numerous cuisines.

Medicinal Properties:

  • Health Benefits: Garlic has long been valued for its medicinal properties.

  • Antibacterial and Antiviral: It possesses antibacterial and antiviral properties.

  • Heart Health: Garlic is believed to offer cardiovascular benefits, including lowering blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

  • Anti-inflammatory: It also has anti-inflammatory properties and is sometimes used to alleviate arthritis symptoms.

Folklore and Cultural Significance:

  • History: Garlic has been used for thousands of years for its medicinal and culinary uses worldwide.

  • Superstitions: In folklore and superstitions, garlic has also been associated with warding off evil spirits and vampires and providing protection against various ailments.

  • Symbolism: In some cultures, garlic symbolizes strength, protection, and fertility.

Growing and Harvesting:

  • Climate: Garlic grows best in well-drained soil with full sun exposure.

  • Planting: Cloves are typically planted in the fall for harvest the following summer.

  • Harvesting: Garlic bulbs are ready for harvest when the tops begin to yellow and fall over. They are cured by drying for storage.

Commercial Importance:

  • Economic Value: Garlic is a commercially important crop grown in many countries worldwide.

  • Trade: It's traded internationally and used in various food products and pharmaceuticals.

  • Cultural Export: In addition to its culinary uses, garlic is exported for its cultural significance, contributing to global trade.

We will cover more about the use of garlic in KNF in our next blog.

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