“The Stinking Rose” Takes Center Stage

By Paula Detwiller

What flavors your food like nobody’s business, boosts your immune system, and keeps vampires away?

Garlic, of course! And if you love garlic, the place to be this weekend is the 13th annual Delray Beach Garlic Fest, Friday evening through Sunday at Delray’s Old School Square. This annual extravaganza celebrates garlic—affectionately known as “the stinking rose”—with a Garlic Chef Competition, children’s activities, big-name musical acts, and much more.

 

Garlic Fun Facts

  • Garlic (Allium sativum) is a member of the lily family, which also includes onions, leeks, and chives.
  • Garlic has been grown for more than 5,000 years. It was given to the slaves who built the pyramids, to enhance their stamina and strength.
  • Garlic is a natural anti-inflammatory and antibiotic. It’s also been shown to lower blood pressure, cholesterol, and the risk of cancer. And it’s an excellent source of Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, and manganese.
  • Whole garlic bulbs will stay fresh for about a month if stored in a cool, dark place (no need to refrigerate). But once you break the head of garlic, shelf life shrinks to just a few days.

 

Garlic Lovers Unite at the GreenMarket!

On your way to the Garlic Fest on Saturday, stop by the Delray GreenMarket for some garlicky goodies to take home. We’ll put you in the mood with our garlic spice mixtures and hot sauces (garlic habanero; aged red cayenne with cilantro and garlic; and roasted garlic habanero). Sample our garlic-infused or cold pressed olive oils, or pick up a quart of garlic pickles.

The GreenMarket is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is located on SE 4th Avenue, just three blocks from the stinkin’ action. We’ll have our own entertainment—Mr. Hot Pepper will be on the steel drums. See you there!

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