April 12th National Licorice Day

Licorice has been a favorite candy for people since before the King Tut era. In fact, there was licorice found in King Tut’s tomb. It is a flavor not soon forgotten and people seem to either love it, or hate it with very little wiggle room.

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It is probably best known for it’s use in candy. The Vines, Good and Plenty and gum drops all feature licorice as a flavoring. It can be mixed with other flavorings but still stand out very distinctly.

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But what you might not know is that licorice is actually a herb. Though it is considered sweet, sugar is obviously added to the candy made with licorice. The day was created by Licorice International in 2004 to advertise their candy but licorice is also healthy.

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It is a natural laxative, helps with cramps of all kinds, aids with menopause, helps ulcers, stimulates a healthy Adrenal Gland and helps fight breast and prostate cancer. Who knew!?! While being a tasty treat it is also helpful. Sort of like the prune! Of course the sugar added doesn’t help.

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So enjoy some licorice as candy, tea or as a supplement! It’s good for you and for the Licorice International Association.

How to celebrate – Have a piece of licorice! Study what medicines have licorice in them. Grow your own licorice.

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August 3rd National Watermelon Day

What can’t you do with a watermelon? It’s a tasty treat, makes great drinks (alcoholic and not), it’s a sweetener, you can throw them off buildings, and put a smile on everyone’s face by serving it up, cold preferably!

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A watermelon is made up of 90% water so you don’t even need to serve a drink when offering it. Some watermelons have seeds and some don’t. Some are sweeter than others but everyone of them is good in it’s own way. It offers us potassium and dietary fiber along with high levels of vitamin A and C.

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Talk about vines though… wow, if you try and grow them on your own, make sure you have lots of yard! The vines spread out everywhere! I grew watermelon one summer and it did really, really well. At the time I had a 300 pound dog that was scared to death of the vines though and barked at them all day!

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And you do have to worry about critters getting into them. People are not the only creatures on earth that enjoy watermelon. It comes from the Cucurbitaceae family, which is better known as the cucumber. Watermelon was first created in Africa, and in Egypt it was first harvested as a regular part of the diet.

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And as I said earlier, it’s uses are almost unlimited. Here are a few ideas.  Tis’ the season! It’s colors are already set for a great Christmas in July! Green and red!

How to celebrate – Well, get some watermelon and enjoy! Start your own watermelon garden! Use the supplied recipes to try something with watermelon you’ve never had before.