Syrup of squill

Syrup of squill

Syrup of squill was a sweet, red-hued liquid popularly used on breakfast foods, such as groatcakes. It was made from the squill plant, native to the planet Balancar. In 2373, the Agricultural Consortium on Balancar plotted to drive up prices of squill by claiming there was a drought and halting exports. A year later, Quark discovered the agricultural agency's scheme and threatened to expose them unless he was provided with a shipment of squill. He later served the squill on Deep Space 9 and made a substantial profit. (DS9: "The Magnificent Ferengi")

A female Klingon brought a bottle of syrup of squill to Morn's wake later that year. (DS9: "Who Mourns for Morn?")

The phrases "syrup of squill" and "hypicate root futures" are taken from the 1934 Norman Z. McLeod movie It's a Gift, starring comedian W.C. Fields. (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion, p. 518)
In the real world, "squill liquid extract" (an alcoholic preparation derived from a flowering plant native to Europe, Asia, and Africa) is an ingredient used in cough medicines.

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