One of the oldest botanical bulbs known to be consumed by humans is Allium sativum, better known as garlic. Initially cultivated in central Asia, this powerful and pungent tasting aromatic edible bulb, affectionately called ‘stinking rose’, is a member of the Allium genus and is the cousin of onion, shallot, and leek. China is the largest garlic producing nation in the world. Garlic has immense culinary applications and is used as a flavouring agent in almost all cuisines of the world. There are a wide range of healing and therapeutic qualities associated with these cloves like cardio-protective, anti inflammatory, anti fungal and anti bacterial properties to name a few which makes it apt for medicinal use. The antioxidants and essential nutrients in this edible bulb help to treat diseases like skin allergies and skin infections, high blood pressure, cancer, toothache, arthritis, constipation, unwanted weight gain, hair loss etc.