August 30, 2012 at 9:24 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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National Toasted Marshmallow Day

Five Food Finds about Marshmallows

  • The marshmallow is a confection that, in its modern form, typically consists of sugar, corn syrup, water, gelatin that has been softened in hot water, dextrose, vanilla flavorings, and sometimes coloring, whipped to a spongy consistency.
  • Some marshmallow recipes call for eggs.
  •  This confection is the modern version of a medicinal confection made from Althaea officinalis, the marshmallow plant.
  • The marshmallow probably first came into being as a medicinal substance, since the mucilaginous extracts comes from the root of the marshmallow plant, Althaea officinalis, which were used as a remedy for sore throats.
  • Concoctions of other parts of the marshmallow plant had medical uses as well.

Today’s Food History

on this day in…

1812 Agoston Haraszthy de Mokcsa was born. Mokcsa imported 1,400 varieties of grapevines to California in 1862 and planted the first large vineyard in California in the Sonoma…

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