April 12, 2013

National Licorice Day

"We're like licorice. Not everybody likes licorice, but the people who like licorice really like licorice."
- Jerry Garcia

It's National Licorice Day!

Licorice comes from the juice of the root from a perennial plant called Glycyrrhiza glabra, which is related to both star anise and fennel. It has been known to have some medicinal qualities like being a laxative, helping to quench thirst, having anti-inflammatory properties, reducing ulcers and pain from ulcers, soothing those with laryngitis and acting as an expectorant (i.e. it helps loosen the gunk in your lungs when you're coughing). Yum.

Anyway, now you're all the wiser, foodies.

I don't personally know many people under the age of seventy who like licorice - as a matter of fact when I was buying some at the store, the only other people in the aisle with me getting some were three elderly women (then again, maybe they just knew the importance of today!).

Happy National Licorice Day!