Dating back over 6,000 years ago, it originated from Central Asia, but has long been a staple in other countries, as well.
Garlic has long been considered an herbal "wonder drug", with a reputation in folklore for preventing everything from the common cold and flu to the Plague! Modern science has shown that garlic is a powerful natural antibiotic, albeit broad-spectrum rather than targeted. The body does not appear to build up resistance to the garlic, so its positive health benefits continue over time.
In the United States, in addition to its use in cooking and food preparation, garlic is now second in sales only to Echinacea as a best selling herbal supplement.
Garlic can also be found in many Asian cuisines. It is most prominent in Korean and Chinese cooking where it is often the dominant flavor of many favorite dishes.