From the end of March and into June wild garlic blooms in Yorkshire’s quiet woods, as it has done since time immemorial.
Oric would have been aware of the pungent odour as he wandered the countryside in search of other, medicinal herbs.
As well as lowering blood pressure, garlic was believed to be a strong antidote for orally imbibed poisons.
Oric would also have read in his Apothecaries’ Almanac of how the plant would fix a mad dog’s bite, rid children of worms, help with lethargy, and bring on women’s courses, to name but a few of the plants properties.
Some folk saw garlic as a magic cure-all, warding off all manner of germs and diseases.
A member of the allium genus, garlic is still used in modern herbal remedies today, not to mention spicing up many a tasty dish of food.