Garlic is a type of small plant that is well-known for its many uses in cooking. They have a distinctive sharp and pungent aroma and flavor which can add flair to many dishes. Pesto, for example, is composed of olive oil, basil, and garlic as its chief ingredients and is used as a sauce for pasta. Garlic is used throughout the Middle East, Europe, the Orient, and the New World. What most people think of as garlic when thought of in culinary terms is actually the bulb at the bottom of the plant. A clove of garlic fills the role as part of a compound structure that is connected to the roots of the plant and the green garlic shoots they grow out of it and form the above-ground part of the plant. These shoots actually serve a purpose and cooking of the round, most often used in Chinese cuisine. Garlic cloves themselves argues throughout numerous cuisines of many countries. Garlic is also a known as a mystical means to drive off evil spirits, vampires in particular. It is said that garlic is one of the only ways to kill some of these spirits and has been known to be made into charms or weapons against them. Recent research has suggested that garlic is actually quite healthy and can provide a variety of health benefits through continued consumption.