National Tapioca Pudding Day is dedicated to an original dish which, despite conflicting opinions, is loved by millions of people around the world. If the pudding is prepared well and with soul, it is very tasty, but there are people who will not agree to eat it, under any circumstances. If you are a fan of this dessert, join the celebration!
Tapioca has been used by South Americans for centuries as a natural thickener for soups, sauces, and desserts. In the 19th century, tapioca spread to Great Britain and America, and in 1861 the pudding recipe was published in the famous Book of Housekeeping by Mrs. Beaton. At the end of the 19th century, the Minute Tapioca Company appeared in Boston, offering tapioca in a convenient form. This is how the famous pudding was born.
- The exact date of the first celebration is unknown, but it is believed it was first written about in 2000 in the Hood County News.
- Tapioca is a starchy substance extracted from the root of the cassava plant native to Brazil. For the inhabitants of the tropics, this is a staple food.
- While being a thickener, tapioca is also used to make noodles, crackers, and French fries. In cooking, tapioca is often used as flakes or sticks.
- In Brazil, tapioca is used to make cakes with salty or sweet fillings, and in America, a variety of puddings (with milk, without milk, with pumpkin or brown sugar).
- Since tapioca does not contain cholesterol, it is more easily absorbed by the body than any flour, but if consumed in excess, it can cause weight gain.
How to take part
If you think that tapioca is just a pudding, take a closer look at culinary websites and books; there is a huge range of dishes with this ingredient. Choose the dish you like best and make it. Share your culinary skills on social media with the hashtag #NationalTapiocaPuddingDay.
When is National Tapioca Pudding Day celebrated in 2023?
National Tapioca Pudding Day is observed on July 15 each year.