New research reveals the average Brit uses around half a clove of garlic every day – and 40 per cent of people want to put the pungent ingredient in all their meals.
A survey of 2,000 people revealed the average Brit uses almost 250 cloves a year in their food – that’s around half a clove of garlic per day – with some even adding it to full English breakfasts, crisps and wine.
And 71 per cent of people overall are fans of the stinky vegetable – with Swansea crowned as the UK’s garlic capital, ahead of Oxford, London, Plymouth, Southampton and Leeds.
But the kitchen staple is favoured by the young, with 82 per cent of 18-24-year-olds loving it compared to just 64 per cent of those aged 65 and over, according to research by Deliveroo.
The average respondent also revealed they have garlic in 30 per cent of their meals and, despite fears of having bad breath, 36 per cent would happily kiss someone who had been eating it.
And almost one in 10 would even buy garlic-flavoured chewing gum if it went on sale.
The most popular garlic-based meal is garlic bread, followed by chicken kiev, dough balls with garlic butter, steak with garlic butter and chicken and garlic with fresh herbs.
Making up the top 10 garlic-based meals are garlic and cheese pizza, spaghetti with spinach and garlic, garlic lemon prawns, garlic mash and linguine with garlic butter prawns.
Deliveroo carried out the research ahead of National Garlic Day tomorrow to determine just how much the nation loves garlic.
Order data from Deliveroo backed the research, which showed garlic bread, garlic dough balls and garlic naan are among the most popular sides that Brits order with their takeaway.
A spokesperson for Deliveroo said: “Garlic sometimes gets a bit of a bad rep when it comes to the smell, but our research clearly shows just how fond the public is of this versatile vegetable for the depth and flavour it can add to so many foods.
“Garlic is one of the greatest edible gifts the world has to offer so we want to give it the spotlight it deserves, in the name of great food.
“It’s a cupboard staple and hero of the kitchen for millions of households – and we hope families across the nation will be tucking into something extra garlicky tomorrow.”
The research, via OnePoll, also revealed 37 per cent of people say there is no such thing as too much garlic, while 43% don’t understand how some people don’t like the ingredient.
A quarter said they have even added a whole bulb of garlic to a recipe.