National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day – April 2

National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day

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Facts on Peanut Butter and Jelly 

  • It takes about 540 peanuts to make a 12-ounce jar of peanut butter.
  • The average American consumes more than six pounds of peanuts and peanut butter products each year.
  • The average child will eat 1,500 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches before he/she graduates high school.
  • Peanut butter is consumed in 90 percent of USA households.
  • Americans eat enough peanut butter in a year to make more than 10 billion peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

National Garlic Day – April 19

National Garlic Day

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Facts on Garlic 

  • Garlic is one of the oldest cultivated crops. It was fed to the builders of the Great Pyramid in Egypt in the belief that it gave them strength.
  • The city of Chicago is named after garlic. ‘Chicagaoua’ was the Indian word for wild garlic.
  • Garlic attracts leeches. They take 14.9 seconds to attach to a hand covered with garlic but 44.9 seconds to suck blood from a clean one.
  • Garlic was used as an antiseptic against gangrene in the First World War.
  • Raw, freshly minced garlic has the most health benefits.

National Licorice Day – April 12

National Licorice Day

Licorice

Facts on Licorice 

  • Most people likely think of licorice as a sweet, chewy treat that is black or red. The licorice flavoring that comes from the sweet root of the licorice plant,  is only used in black licorice.
  • Many candies are named licorice only because of the gummy texture and shapes they share with black licorice, and contain no actual licorice.
  • 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.”
  • Licorice helps relieve the pains that accompany certain types of ulcers, and soars throats and upper respiratory conditions.