January 12th is National Marzipan Day!
Here are today’s five food finds about marzipan:
Marzipan is a confection consisting primarily of sugar and almond meal.
Some marzipan is flavored with rosewater.
Persipan is a similar, yet less expensive product, for which the almonds are replaced by apricot or peach kernels.
In Goa (formerly Portuguese India) almonds are replaced by cashews.
Many confectionery products sold as marzipan are made from less expensive materials, such as Soy paste and almond essence. German marzipan is made by grinding whole almonds with sugar and partially drying the paste, and French marzipan is made by combining ground almonds with sugar syrup. Spanish marzipan is made without bitter almonds.
On This Day in Food History…
1833 Marie-Antoine Carême died in Paris at the young age of 48. Carême was known as “the cook of kings and the king of cooks”. He is the founder and architect of French haute cuisine.
1885 John Bloomfield Jarvis died. A civil engineer, he designed and built the Boston Aqueduct and the 41 mile long Croton Aqueduct (New York City’s water supply for over 50 years from 1842).
1899 Paul Hermann Muller was born. A Swiss chemist who discovered that DDT was a potent insecticide. It was the most widely used insecticide for more than 20 years, and helped to increase food production around the world. Due mainly to its accumulation in animals that eat insects, and its toxic effects on them and those further up the food chain, it has been banned in the U.S. since 1972. DDT residue is still found in some foods grown in the U.S. in 2002.
1916 Ruth Rogan Benerito was born. American chemist who was a pioneer in the development of wash and wear fabrics. She also helped develop cotton fabrics that are stain resistant.
1948 The opening of Britain’s first supermarket, at Manor Park, run by the London Co-Op.
2001 William Hewlett died. Founder with David Packard of Hewlett Packard Company. Before they became famous for computers and printers etc., one early invention; a weight loss shock machine.