Onions and garlic offer flavor in the right amounts

These herbs have been associated with a number of health benefits

Onions, garlic and their close cousins chives, shallots and leeks have been documented as food and medicine for well over 5,000 years. They have been cultivated, worshipped, valued as currency and used to ward off evil spirits from the time of the early Egyptians to the present day. The aroma and seasoning ability of these bulbous herbs are substantial and unmistakable; but their use in early human diets may have as much to do with their ease of growth, water content, storage capacity and preservation properties as do their taste.

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