Thursday, October 18, 2007

Horehound

Foodgoat was sick last week, and treated himself partly with a bag of Horehound candy. (And here you thought this was going to be another Larry Craig post.)

Horehound, a weed in many countries and a member of the mint family, is an old herbal treatment for coughs and colds and other sorts of respiratory troubles. Claey's has been making the horehound herb tea candies for generations, and still brews and steeps them in copper kettles.

Horehound drops were commonly sold in pharmacies The FDA banned horehound as an active ingredient from cough drops in 1989 due to insufficient evidence supporting its efficacy, but horehound is still widely used in Europe, and can be found in European-made herbal cough remedies - such as Ricola. And it is still recognized as safe when used in small amounts to flavor beverages, candies, foods, and medicines. For Foodgoat, the horehound worked about as well to soothe his sore throat as any other cough drop or hard candy.

But how does horehound candy taste? Well, sort of root-beer-ish, somewhat bittersweet. Not bad.

4 comments:

  1. ...."The FDA banned horehound as an active ingredient from cough drops in 1989 due to insufficient evidence supporting its efficacy"

    Wonder what part the mega pharmaceutical companies played in this decision :)

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  2. I've never heard of it, but I'll be sure to keep an eye out because I feel my next winter cold can't be too far away.

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  3. niall1:41 PM

    Have only started reading your blog recently but am really enjoying it! There are so many food blogs out there at the moment with more and more popping up each day! So just wanted to let you know that i have bookmarked you now and will be following your adventures in the kitchen! Keep up the great work!

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  4. I think I've heard of it before. Maybe I read it somewhere? Well, I'll keep an eye out for it. Interesting tidbid.

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