I am the number one fan of Garlic. It's strong smell and the acrid and pungent taste has a very distinct flavor. Some say it is the fifth taste. Crushed or minched garlic is often fried to add flavor to the food we eat everyday. My nanay, love it too, she said, it is the accessory of the food we eat. She's right, garlic is the number one ingredients we found in majority of Filipino dishes. Like umami, it is a seasoning found in most dishes. The garlic-ky taste in pesto, corned beef, and chicken dishes are my top favorites. The small than usual garlic often called "native" garlic here in the Philippines is tasteful. The benefits of garlic exceed not just the delightful taste, but also in health.
My mother eats it raw because it treats high cholesterol. Regular eating of garlic helps lower blood pressure, controls blood sugar, and boosts the immune system. It has also been found to reduce the risk of esophageal, stomach, and colon cancer. It also treats parasites, respiratory problems, poor digestion, and low energy. Garlic is used as anti bacterial, used to cure toothaches. Garlic's ability to fight infections and bacteria makes it an effective cure for warts and other skin problems. The only side effect of garlic that I hate is bad breath, lol! Well there are many ways to stop bad breath. Of course, brushing your teeth after eating garlicky food would definitely freshen up your breath.