Posted by ESC on September 12, 2003
In Reply to: Stinking rose posted by ed on September 11, 2003
: where did this nickname for garlic come from
I couldn't find anything in my references but I did find this online:
Garlic is called the stinking rose because of its bud-like appearance and strong smell. Allium sativum is a member of the lily family. It is related to leeks, chives, onions and shallots. The bulb grows underground.
Another site said the Romans first called it "the stinking rose."