Is garlic a Vegetable or Root? Its a Garlic Query

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Bhanu from growveggy said that The garlic bulb at the root consists of 10 to 20 cloves packed together in a covering like paper which is typically removed before consumption. The edible part within this papery skin is pale yellowish in color.

Why Garlic is a Vegetable?

A vegetable is best described as an herbaceous plant that has any portion being edible. The edible part could be leaves, stalks, flowers, or roots.

The garlic plant has a stalk, flowers, and roots (bulbs). Two parts of the garlic plant can be eaten, the stems and the roots so it qualifies as a vegetable. The botanical name of Garlic is Allium sativum.

Unlike most of other vegetables, Garlic is not cooked alone and consumed.

Why is Garlic Not a Herb?

As per Merriam Webster, Herb is a plant or plant part valued for its medicinal, savory, or aromatic qualities.

Though technically Herbs are the leaves of the plant, while Spices come from the roots, bark, and seeds.

While Garlic is known to have several medicinal benefits for people who eat it regularly in small amounts, it is a root vegetable and hence cannot be considered as a Herb.

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