When is National Food Month? Always April 12th in the United States!
Spelling: Liquorice (UK) or licorice (U.S.) (see spelling differences; pronounced /ˈlɪkərɪʃ, ˈlɪkərɪs, ˈlɪkrɪʃ/, or /ˈlɪkrɪs/) is the root of Glycyrrhiza glabra (from the greek γλυκύρριζα or γλυκόριζα meaning "sweet root"), , from which a sweet flavour can be extracted.
Origin of this Holiday
This holiday is celebrated in the United States-
Our research did not find the creator, or the origin of this day. We did however find that this holiday has been celebrated for years. There is plenty of documentation to support that National Food Month" does indeed exist.
We are wondering if this holiday was created by a food organization or maybe a nutrition organization- but, our research couldn't find the creator-
This holiday is referred to as a "National" day., as all food holidays are. However, we did not find any congressional records or presidential proclamations for this day. Even though we didn't, this is still a holiday that is publicized to celebrate.
So have fun with it and celebrate it!
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What is Liquorice?- by wikipedia
"Liquorice is a confectionery flavoured with the extract of the roots of the liquorice plant. A wide variety of liquorice sweets are produced around the world. In the U.S., licorice is called black licorice, to distinguish it from similar candy varieties that are not flavoured with liquorice extract, and commonly consists of chewy ropes or tubes. Most popular in the United Kingdom are liquorice allsorts. Dutch and Nordic liquorice characteristically contains ammonium chloride instead of sodium chloride, prominently so in salty liquorice."
"The essential ingredients of liquorice candy are liquorice extract, sugar, and a binder. The binder is typically starch/flour, gum arabic, or gelatin, or a combination thereof. Additional ingredients are extra flavouring, beeswax for a shiny surface, ammonium chloride, and molasses to give the end product the familiar black colour. Ammonium chloride is mainly used in salty liquorice candy, with concentrations up to about 8 percent. However, even regular liquorice candy can contain up to 2 percent ammonium chloride, the taste of which is less prominent due to the higher sugar concentration."
"The liquorice-root extract contains the natural sweetener glycyrrhizin, which is over 50 times sweeter than sucrose. This ingredient has various pharmaceutical properties, the most important ones being that it acts as an expectorant (facilitating removal of mucus from the lungs by coughing) and that it increases blood pressure. The latter effect can become significant with a daily consumption of 50 g or more of liquorice candy for as little as two weeks."
- "Liquorice is also a mild laxative, and has several varied uses in herbal medicine."
- "Alexander the Great supplied his troops with rations of licorice root whilst marching, due to its thirst quenching qualities."
- "Some people report that black licorice candy causes their stools to become green, although this is probably due to the blue food colouring used by many manufacturers."
"The liquorice plant is a legume (related to beans and peas), related to Anise, Star Anise and Fennel and native to southern Europe and parts of Asia. It is an herbaceous perennial, growing to 1 m in height, with pinnate leaves about 7–15 centimetres (3–6 inches) long, with 9–17 leaflets. The flowers are 0.8–1.2 cm (1/3 to 1/2 inch) long, purple to pale whitish blue, produced in a loose inflorescence. The fruit is an oblong pod, 2–3 centimetres (about 1 inch) long, containing several seeds."
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