National Tapioca Day is observed on June 28 of every year. Tapioca is made from cassava root and is used as starch and thickening factor, it is also the main ingredient in gluten-free dishes. This plant originated in Brazil but now cultivated all over the world. Tapioca comes in various forms like pre-cooked, soluble powder, rectangular sticks, and a pearl. The most popular dish made using tapioca is tapioca pudding. Other dishes made using it are bread, bubble tea, gravies, soup, dumplings, stew, etc. British kids call tapioca a frogspawn. Tapioca contains vitamins and minerals that are very important for the human body. Dishes that can be made using tapioca are endless and this day encourages everyone to find new possibilities for tapioca.
“He’s a threat to win until his brain turns to tapioca.” – Gary McCord
History of National Tapioca Day
The origin, creator, and reason for the creation of National Tapioca Day are unknown. But it is assumed that it must have been created to popularise and to encourage the use of tapioca in various fields, especially in the cooking industry. In the mid 20th century, tapioca pudding was a staple dish all over the world. This dish lost its popularity after the entry of vanilla and chocolate pudding. As tapioca is a versatile ingredient, you can use this day to try this in various dishes.
Other Celebrations on June 28
June 28 is also celebrated as
- National Paul Bunyan Day
- International Body Piercing Day
- National Ceviche Day
- Insurance Awareness Day
- Log Cabin Day
How to celebrate the day
National Tapioca Day can be observed by trying out different recipes and cuisines from all around the world using tapioca. Each country has its style of eating this ingredient, for example, in India tapioca is consumed by steaming the root, in Colombia and Venezuela, a flatbread known as Arepa is traditionally made using tapioca, and so on. You can also observe this day by trying your recipe using tapioca. Make new dishes using tapioca and invite your friends and family over to try them. You can also quietly celebrate the day by making tapioca pudding and rejoicing your childhood. Post pictures and share your National Tapioca Day celebrations on social media by using the hashtag #TapiocaDay.
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