Did you know that the mango is considered sacred in India and that that’s where these delicious golden orbs of amazingness hail from? And, they’re a symbol of love! Yeah, I think I need to book the next flight to India stat. Granted, they are […]
To the East the sun slowly rose and flooded the Mojave with an orange glow that held the promise of adventure and possibility. The sky lightened, the underside of clouds began to shine a brilliant golden-yellow, and the plants blazed in those first rays.
Is there anything more magical than a sunrise? The earth is quiet while people sleep soundly in their beds. The birds wake up and begin their hunt for breakfast. They hop from branch to branch and then scratch around in the loose soil of the desert. The bugs come out and fly around looking for something to nibble on and become breakfast for the birds. Life goes on.
Wind turbines stand tall in the early morning waiting for Mother Nature to do her thing and send some air racing past their blades.
When the wind comes the blades hum. They hum a deep earthy hum, one that sounds like a far off stampede of wild mustangs, and the air vibrates to the thrum, thrum, thrum, of the blades.
Palm Springs is out there in the distance but it seems like it’s a million miles away. Sometimes you just want to feel like you’re a million miles away from everyone else. You need to watch some bugs, listen to the birds, and be inspired by people who care about such things as renewable resources. You need your faith restored.
For as harsh and unforgiving as the desert can be it also holds the possibility of hope. Our Mojave, which is the closest desert to where I live, holds within it vast tracks of land, renewable energy wind farms, and groves of dates. It also holds these creepy abandoned places that I find endlessly fascinating. It holds extreme temps and Joshua Trees. It’s maybe not the most beautiful place in the world but, caught at the right time, it can be like a ray of light – absolutely stunning.
What’s your favorite desert and what’s your favorite part of it?
Garlic is one of those things that I always have in the house. If I don’t I feel practically naked in the kitchen and that’s just scary. I mean who wants to be caught without it. It’s a total staple. Something that pops up in all sorts of recipes. That could be because it’s grown around the world. Plus, it’s really good for you. So what’s not to love?
Garlic, also known as, Allium Sativum is from the lily family – it’s cousins with leeks, chives, onions, and shallots. The bulb is the most commonly used part of the plant and it grows underground. The bulb is made up of a bunch of individual cloves that are wrapped in a white paper-like skin. Its one of the oldest cultivated plants in the world. If fact it usage predates written history. Sanskrit records document it’s usage approximately 5,000 years ago. The Chinese have been using it for 3,000 years that we know of. It’s been around awhile.
Garlic is an excellent source of vitamin B6. It also contains manganese, selenium, vitamin c, and lots of minerals like phosphorous, calcium, potassium, iron, and copper. It has been used to treat atherosclerosis, coughs, dandruff, diarrhea, diphtheria, dysentery, earache, hypertension, hysteria, toothaches, vaginitis, and more. It’s also alleged to ward of those pesky vampires. Haha! Seriously though, many studies have shown that garlic decreases total serum cholesterol levels while increased HDL (good) cholesterol levels. It has been proven to lower blood pressure and has a long history when it comes to fighting infection. It’s antimicrobial properties are due to allicin. Allicin has been shown to be effective against colds, flu, stomach viruses, Candida yeast, and pathogenic microbes like tuberculosis and botulism. Garlic also offers protection against some cancers. Studies have shown that as few as two or more servings of garlic a week may help protect against colon cancer.
So how can we take advantage of all that garlic has to offer? Buy fresh garlic that is plump and with unbroken skin. Avoid garlic that is soft, mildewy, darkening, or sprouting. And, while tempting, avoid the garlic in the refrigerated section of the grocery store. Fresh garlic should be stored at room temperature in an uncovered container. Keep it away from heat or direct sunlight. It should stay fresh for a couple of weeks to a couple of months.
What’s your favorite way to prepare or use garlic?