Word of the Day: Mucilage

Nov 2, 2011 12:31 pm

Building up your kitchen vocab arsenal

Mucilage is just another word for slime, but when it comes to food, slime can be a good thing. The mucilage found in certain foods can actually strengthen and repair our mucus membranes when eaten. 

Examples of foods which are mucilogenous (what an attractive-sounding word) are okra, lotus root, chinese yams, aloe, flax seeds and cactus. Most importantly, the predecessor of the modern day marshmallow used to be made with the mucilage found in the marshmallow plant. Although marshmallows no longer contain any mucilage, anything that spawned their creation can only be good.

Use today's Word of the Day: What Makes Okra Slimy?

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