July 15, 2012

National Tapioca Pudding Day

"The spirit cannot endure the body when overfed, but, if underfed, the body cannot endure the spirit." - St. Frances de Sales

It's National Tapioca Pudding Day!

Sponsored byBob's Red Mill

Bob's Red Mill was founded by Bob Moore. You'll see that his friendly, grandfatherly face adorns every one of their products. Bob and his wife, Charlee, began their first mill in Redding, California in the mid-60's. After coming out of retirement, relocating, an all-consuming fire, and then graciously selling his beloved company to his employees, Bob's Red Mill is still in business using the good, old-fashioned techniques of traditional stone grinding that got Bob and Charlee into it in the first place.

According to their website, "Trust, honesty and integrity. These are the three principles our business is built on. Our packaging is a great example of this commitment: our clear bags that let you see the high quality of every one of our products. By producing the very best in whole grain foods, we're able to fulfill our commitment to help look after more and more people through better nutrition. Bob simply wouldn't have it any other way."

I've never had tapioca pudding before, but I'm glad my introduction to it was using Bob's Red Mill. Until today, I don't think I really ever knew exactly what tapioca even was either. After reading the label on the Bob's Red Mill packaging, I discovered that it's a starch extracted from the cassava root. It's used all over the world for different dishes, but it's most common use here in the states is as a sweet pudding. It can also be used to make biodegradable, compostable, renewable, recyclable "plastic" bags (it takes one year to break down as opposed to the traditional plastic bags which take more than 1,000 years)!

And now you're all the wiser, foodies.

I don't know how much truth there is to it, but apparently British schoolchildren have been known to call tapioca pudding "frog spawn" due the fact that it looks like, well, frog spawn. But, hey!, what's in a name right? The real question here is... how does it taste?

It was much more mild in flavor and texture than I was expecting. I think that tapioca, like tofu, probably adapts to what it's around. As a result, mine tasted very much like vanilla and cinnamon. The tapioca pearls themselves held up incredibly well!

Happy National Tapioca Pudding Day!

Disclaimer: The product(s) featured in this review were provided free of cost to me by the manufacturer. Opinions expressed are totally my own and are NOT in anyway influenced by monetary compensation. Logo used with permission of company.