Marsh Mallow

..not marshmallow – I guess we should cover that first.

Recently, the kids have had a couple of optional school projects that have involved marshmallows. No, they weren’t to be added to hot cocoa or roasted and smashed, with a bar of chocolate, between two graham crackers. They were to be used structurally – maybe we’ll cover this later. What is a marshmallow?

According to the kids, marshmallows are “sugar and air.” They pretty much have it down. According to Wikipedia, a Marshmallow is “a sugar candy that, in its modern form, typically consists of sugar, whipped to a spongy consistency, molded into small cylindrical pieces, and coated with corn starch.”

Before taking this modern form, according to Wikipedia, the marsh mallow (Althaea officinalis) “is a perennial species indigenous to Africa, which is used as a medicinal plant and ornamental plant.” The edible roots, leaves and flowers have traditionally been used to increase the flow of breast milk, soothe bronchial tubes, and treat ulcers.

How did this medicinal food become maligned to modern form? Visit again to find out in our next post.


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