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.

National Cheese Fondue Day – April 11

National Cheese Fondue Day

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 Facts on Fondue

  • The history of fondue is centuries old! Fondue began as a way to use aged cheeses and bread to feed people that had limited access to fresh food during the winter months.
  • Fondue became the national dish of Switzerland when the Swiss Cheese Union modernized it and campaigned as a way to sell more cheese in the 1930s.
  • Fondue became a fad in American in the ’60s and ’70s after it was brought back by a jet setter that had it on a ski holiday.
  • It is a tradition that if a man drops his piece of bread in the fondue pot, he must buy a round of drinks.
  • If a woman loses her bread in the pot, she must kiss all her neighbors.

 

 

 

National Empanada Day – April 8

National Empanada Day

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Facts on Empanadas

  • An empanada is a stuffed bread or pastry baked or fried in many countries in South Europe, Latin America, and parts of Southeast Asia.
  • The name comes from the Galician, Portuguese and Spanish verb empanar, meaning to wrap or coat in bread.
  • The empanada is prepared similar to a pie that is cut in pieces, making it a portable and hearty meal for working people.
  • Empanada stuffing, can consists of a variety of meat, cheese, vegetables or fruits.
  • Empanadas are can be eaten any time of the day and are served at parties as starters.