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Marshmallow Plant

From Swamp Flower to Nuking Peeps in the Microwave

We post in honor of National S’Mores Day!!

 

If you were to talk to a resident of Medieval times about Marshmallows, he would assume that you were referring to flowers of the Mallow (Malvaceae) family that grew in marshy areas. He might also be familiar with the plants’ use as a treatment for sore throats since the roots especially contain large amounts of mucilage. Marshmallow plants have been used as food and medicine since ancient times. In the 1800’s when sugar became more readily available French confectioners started whipping the sap with sweeteners to produce the original version of the marshmallow. READ MORE