Thomas Jefferson, Garlic Grower
Garlic has been cultivated since ancient times, a food and herb desired for it’s benefits to human strength and vigor, and for it’s anti-bacterial medicinal properties. In Thomas Jefferson’s time, the tradition of most English gardeners and cooks was to avoid garlic. Many considered this member of the onion family to be too potent or perhaps too “earthy” in aroma and taste. Though garlic did not warrant the space provided to other crops, such as Jefferson’s beloved peas, it was recorded in the garden at his Monticello home.
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