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April 12th is National Licorice Day!

Posted on April 12, 2017

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Here are today’s five interesting food facts about Licorice:

 

  • The botanical name for licorice translates to “sweet root.”
  • The licorice plant is actually a member of the pea family.

 

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  • Licorice gets its flavor from glycyrrhizic acid, a chemical 50x sweeter than sugar!

 

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  • This flavor is used in many products other than licorice candy, such as alcohol, tobacco, and of course food.
  • Carbenoxolone, a compound derived from licorice root, may help slow the effects of aging on the brain.

 

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Today’s Food History

  • 1748 Antoine-Laurent de Jussieu was born. A French botanist whose ideas formed the foundation of a natural plant classification system.
  • 1985 The four ‘unicorns’ of Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus were declared to be only goats with surgically implanted horns by federal inspectors. The circus was ordered to stop advertising them as unicorns
  • 1988 The first U.S. patent on an animal life form was issued to Harvard scientists for a genetically engineered mouse.
  • 1989 The USSR issued ration cards for sugar due to a shortage
  • 2001 Maryland banned the farming of genetically modified fish in any waters linked to other bodies of water.

April 12 is National Licorice Day

Posted on April 12, 2015

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Interesting Food Facts about Licorice

  1. The botanical name for licorice translates to “sweet root.”
  2. The licorice plant is actually a member of the pea family.
  3. Licorice gets its flavor from glycyrrhizic acid, a chemical 50x sweeter than sugar!
  4. This flavor is used in many products other than licorice candy, such as alcohol, tobacco, and of course food.
  5. Carbenoxolone, a compound derived from licorice root, may help slow the effects of aging on the brain.

Fun Fact:

Licorice helps relieve the pains that accompany certain types of ulcers, and it is good for the adrenal glands.

Licorice root is a botanical ingredient in modern Chinese medicines used to manage cancers. Current research conducted at Rutgers, the
State University of New Jersey, supports the use of licorice in the treatment of prostate and breast cancer.

 In Egypt the Pharaohs used liquorice to create a traditional drink called erqesos, which was consumed as a healing tonic.

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  • 1748 Antoine-Laurent de Jussieu was born. A French botanist whose ideas formed the foundation of a natural plant classification system.
  • 1985 The four ‘unicorns’ of Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus were declared to be only goats with surgically implanted horns by federal inspectors. The circus was ordered to stop advertising them as unicorns
  • 1988 The first U.S. patent on an animal life form was issued to Harvard scientists for a genetically engineered mouse.
  • 1989 The USSR issued ration cards for sugar due to a shortage
  • 2001 Maryland banned the farming of genetically modified fish in any waters linked to other bodies of water.

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April 12 is National Licorice Day

Posted on April 12, 2014

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Interesting Food Facts about Licorice

  1. The botanical name for licorice translates to “sweet root.”
  2. The licorice plant is actually a member of the pea family.
  3. Licorice gets its flavor from glycyrrhizic acid, a chemical 50x sweeter than sugar!
  4. This flavor is used in many products other than licorice candy, such as alcohol, tobacco, and of course food.
  5. Carbenoxolone, a compound derived from licorice root, may help slow the effects of aging on the brain.

Fun Fact:

Licorice helps relieve the pains that accompany certain types of ulcers, and it is good for the adrenal glands.

Licorice root is a botanical ingredient in modern Chinese medicines used to manage cancers. Current research conducted at Rutgers, the
State University of New Jersey, supports the use of licorice in the treatment of prostate and breast cancer.

 In Egypt the Pharaohs used liquorice to create a traditional drink called erqesos, which was consumed as a healing tonic.

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  • 1748 Antoine-Laurent de Jussieu was born. A French botanist whose ideas formed the foundation of a natural plant classification system.
  • 1985 The four ‘unicorns’ of Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus were declared to be only goats with surgically implanted horns by federal inspectors. The circus was ordered to stop advertising them as unicorns
  • 1988 The first U.S. patent on an animal life form was issued to Harvard scientists for a genetically engineered mouse.
  • 1989 The USSR issued ration cards for sugar due to a shortage
  • 2001 Maryland banned the farming of genetically modified fish in any waters linked to other bodies of water.

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A History of Licorice

Posted on April 12, 2012

Did you know that the licorice plant grows like a weed?  That’s because it is one!  The licorice plant, a shrub, is officially a weed. It is about four feet tall with purplish flowers and grows in hot, dry places. Licorice root is one of the most popular herbs in the world. Its botanical name comes from the Greek words meaning “sweet root.” The ancient Greeks, Egyptians, Chinese, and Hindus recognized the natural medicinal qualities of licorice. Licorice helps relieve the pains that accompany certain types of ulcers, and it is good for the adrenal glands. Carbenoxolone, a compound derived from licorice root, may help slow the effects of aging on the brain. Licorice root is a botanical ingredient in modern Chinese medicines used…

April 12 – National Licorice Day

Posted on April 12, 2012

National Licorice Day

Five Food Finds about Licorice.

  • The botanical name for licorice translates to “sweet root.”
  • The licorice plant is actually a member of the pea family.
  • Licorice gets its flavor from glycyrrhizic acid, a chemical 50x sweeter than sugar!
  • This flavor is used in many products other than licorice candy, such as alcohol, tobacco, and of course food.
  • Carbenoxolone, a compound derived from licorice root, may help slow the effects of aging on the brain.

Today’s Food History

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1748 Antoine-Laurent de Jussieu was born. A French botanist whose ideas formed the foundation of a natural plant classification system.

1985 The four ‘unicorns’ of Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus were declared to be only goats with surgically implanted horns by federal inspectors. The circus was ordered to stop advertising them as unicorns

1988 The first U.S. patent on an animal life form was issued to Harvard scientists for a genetically engineered mouse.

1989 The USSR issued ration cards for sugar due to a shortage

2001 Maryland banned the farming of genetically modified fish in any waters linked to other bodies of water.

Liquorice

Posted on April 13, 2010

Liquorice (pronounced /ˈlɪkərɪʃ/ LIK-ə-rish), also licorice, is the root of Glycyrrhiza glabra from which a sweet flavour can be extracted. The liquorice plant is a legume (related to beans and peas), native to southern Europe and parts of Asia. It is not related to Anise, Star Anise or Fennel, which are the source of superficially similar flavouring compounds. It is an herbaceous perennial, growing to 1 m in height, with pinnate leaves about 7–15 centimetres (3–6 in) long, with 9–17 leaflets. The flowers are 0.8–1.2 cm (½–⅓ in) long, purple to pale whitish blue, produced in a loose inflorescence. The fruit is an oblong pod, 2–3 centimetres (1 in) long, containing several seeds.  The flavor of liquorice comes mainly from a sweet-tasting compound called…

  

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