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April 12th is National Licorice Day
you're looking for something to do today, and can actually stand the
taste of it, then get ready for National Licorice Day! Sorry,
licorice doesn't count! Let's get right into celebrating
WHY IS THIS A
Today is a holiday because for some odd reason some people
actually enjoy the taste of licorice. Now you might have a puzzled look
on your face, because you love licorice yourself, but true licorice is
what we call "black licorice". Red licorice and all the other flavors
and colors aren't really licorice at all. So since most people don't
enjoy the taste of black licorice, it looks like those that do banded
together and wanted to proclaim their love for at least one day.
And licorice actually comes from a root of a legume plant
native to southern Europe and some places in Asia. The plant grows up
to a meter tall and has long, purple to light blue flowers on it. The
scent and flavor comes mostly from a so called sweet-tasting compound
called anethole. Anethole is also present in anise, star anise and
fennel, which are sometimes used in place of licorice for flavoring.
besides the obvious scent and flavor, licorice also has some health
benefits! A few health benefits that really stood out to me are that it
helps heal cold sores, it's an anti-inflammatory and it helps heal
ulcers. In fact, a study in Ireland showed that licorice extract helps
ulcer patients more than Tagamet does because licorice helps protect
your stomach from more damage from the acid. So if you love
stuff then know that you're doing your body good when you eat it!
So how can you celebrate today? Well, if you love the stuff,
then head to a local candy or grocery store and pick up a wide variety
of black licorice candy today! Munch on it all day and
share it with your friends if they'll actually accept it. You
also buy a variety of different licorice-flavored products if you'd
like to avoid all the excess sugar.
But if you don't like black
licorice then how about you give it a chance today? You know
you don't like, but what if there is some random black licorice product
out there that you actually would enjoy? So do a little
by asking your friends or looking at product reviews online.
if there's anything where people say things like, "I don't normally
like black licorice, but this is actually pretty good!"
few of these products and head out to the store and see if you can find
them. Then just try them out one by one to see if there is
magical blend of flavors that makes licorice taste good to
If you find a licorice product you love then you can enjoy your
celebration to the fullest! if you don't then at least you
These daily celebrations are all about celebrating what you
and expanding your horizons to try out what others love too.
never know what you'll like until you try it!