A tiny farming town in regional Victoria has uncovered a type of garlic so potent that scientists have been able to use it to stop COVID-19 in its tracks.
The discovery has come 527km north-west of Melbourne in a tiny place called Iraak, where 95 per cent of Australia's garlic is produced.
Lab testing has revealed three particular types of the vegetable grown in Iraak can stave off both influenza A and the Delta variant of COVID-19.
"We have finally worked out that not all garlic is equal," Nick Diamantopoulos from Garlic Australia told 9News.
There are about 340 types of garlic in the world.
The Doherty Institute is assisting growers to prove the garlic supplement they are developing has anti-viral properties.
"We said 'Let's test whether or not it can kill the virus', so we did lots of tests on lots of different products and we found one of their products was really quite active," Dr Julie McAuley from the Doherty Institute told 9News.
"Once we sort of looked down the microscope and said, 'Hey this one out of the 20I've just tried actually works', it was like wahoo! A real buzz moment for us."
Australian Garlic's supplements have now been released on the market.
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