We use fresh garlic as the taste is so much better! I try and avoid imported garlic and try to grow enough of my own to last the year. If you have cold symptoms coming on, then eat a few whole cloves of garlic and knock it on the head!
I love garlic. I have used bottled garlic but find the taste lacking. There are bags of peeled garlic available but I have not tried them; they would probably need refrigerating. When I make pesto or hummus I use lots because I like it raw. I do cook with it and try to never run out. Imagine my disappointment when I went to use the last head and it was rotten!
Sriv, I guess that means you don't eat cereal for breakfast, or sandwiches for lunch?! I've never tasted garlic ice-cream or garlic cheesecake. In fact I can't think of any desserts that have garlic in them. or perhaps you don't like any desserts. I wish I didn't.
I only use fresh garlic for cooking and salads. I find chopping it up is great, but putting it through a garlic press really brings out the flavor. When it it bottled, it loses all of its medicinal properties.