Garrison it is a concept with various uses and meanings. The term is used to name the addition of legumes, vegetables or other foods that is served next to the meat or the fish.
In this sense, the garnish is a accompaniment to the main dish. Many times it is sought that the garnish provides an additional flavor or that it creates a contrast with the main dish, although sometimes it is used for a decorative purpose.
Potatoes or French fries, rice, pasta, vegetables and salads are examples of garnish: “I’m going to order baked meat with a vegetable garnish”, “To accompany the chicken, I want a side of boiled potatoes”, “The dish you ordered comes without garnish”, “The meat is fine, but the garnish is cold”.
Since not all people are in favor of the consumption of animal products (such as meat, eggs and milk), vegans also enjoy the contrast that a garnish can bring to their dishes made with plant ingredients, since there are many recipes hot vegetarians, whose flavors and consistencies differ considerably from those of a cold salad.
The notion of garrison, on the other hand, refers to the troop that protects a castle, a palace, a warship, a fort, a square, etc. In ancient times, this type of troop was referred to as guard although, over time, it became known as garrison: “We have a garrison of twenty men to guard the palace”, “The garrison was defeated in less than an hour and the invaders took the building without major difficulties”, “Esteban has been assigned to the garrison of the Plaza Mayor”.
In this context, the term garrison used to have a very different meaning before being understood as a group of soldiers, since it was used to designate the set of machines, victuals (all the necessary elements to prepare food, mainly for an army) and supplies (instruments such as weapons and ammunition, in addition to the machines that are necessary for soldiers to use and to defend the architecture of warships) .
At Seven Game Code (a normative document drawn up in the 13th century, during the reign of Alfonso X, considered one of the most significant works of the right in Castile) the term garrison does not appear, but rather guard, as indicated in previous paragraphs. Given the importance of this legal body, it is possible to say with some certainty that the current use of the garrison did not take place, at least, until the beginning of the 14th century. Although other evidence suggests that it would be a couple more centuries before this happened.
Throughout the 16th and 17th centuries, for example, the term used to speak of the troop that was in charge of guarding fortresses and castles was presidio, and its corresponding verb was preside, ancestor of the current garrison. This information is confirmed through literature and character writings. military of the time, without exception.
Garnish, on the other hand, is the ornament who puts on clothes, dresses; the metal setting in which precious stones are secured; or the set of straps which is added to the cavalry to pull a carriage.
Regarding its etymology, the word garrison has a origin very interesting. On the one hand, at first glance it can be said that it is composed of the verb garnish (Synonym of garrison), which can be defined as hanging, equipping or garnishing, and the suffix -tion. In turn, the verb guarnir comes from the Germanic warjan, which can be translated as protect, from which garage, shelter and sentry box also descend. Warjan, meanwhile, is related to the Indo-European root wer-5, which bequeathed the verb cover through Latin.