Did you know? The Roots of Garlic History

The humble garlic clove is a bona fide superstar. Nearly every culture in the world loves what garlic brings to the table, but the roots of garlic history go much deeper than a way to punch up pasta sauce.

Here are just a few of the major milestones in garlic history:

4000 BCE
Ancient farmers in central Asia began cultivating garlic for its flavor and the belief that it was an aphrodisiac.
430 BCE
The Greeks use garlic to enhance athletic performance. They believed it could boost strength and stamina.
Chicago is settled by Jean Baptiste Point du Sable. The name Chicago is derived from the local Indian word chicagoua, which stands for the native garlic plant that grew abundantly in the area.
Bram Stoker publishes Dracula, enshrining garlic as everyone’s go-to vampire repellent.
In an era before antibiotics, British soldiers in WWI use garlic to promote the healing of wounds.
Around 25M tonnes of garlic are produced each year – that’s the weight of 75 Empire State Buildings.

Hard to believe some people avoid garlic. On National Garlic Day, let’s put bad breath-phobias aside and celebrate by joyfully devouring as much garlic as we can. We may be making ourselves healthier, stronger, happier and repelling certain evil blood suckers. Couldn’t hurt.

UberEATS is available in 50+ cities–so we’re likely to be in yours. Open your UberEATS app now or visit our website and find the perfect garlic-y goodies for any celebration!

Featured articles

Uber for Business now makes it easy to give your customers a ride

We’re excited to expand the Uber for Business platform beyond business travel, to include a world-class customer transportation solution, Uber Central. With Uber Central, organizations of all shapes and sizes can now easily provide on-demand, door-to-door transportation for their customers, clients, and guests.

UberEATS: Using technology to build a reliable food delivery experience

A little over a year ago, we set out to put a new spin on an old classic–make reliable food delivery available at the tap of a button. Back then, we started by offering food in the UberEATS app from 1,000 pioneering restaurant partners in four cities. And today, more than 40,000 restaurants globally–from poke shops to pasta spots–are sharing food with customers through UberEATS. With a growing restaurant community comes more choices and more complexity. So we’re cooking up features to continue to make UberEATS easy and reliable. Here is a taste–

Let’s take care of each other

This flu season, we’re delivering free flu-fighting care packages across the country. When you receive a pack, you’ll have the option to request a free flu shot from a registered nurse–for up to 5 people.