January 28


 National Blueberry Pancake Day

Today’s five things you should know about

Blueberries and Pancakes

  1. The first ready-mix food to be sold commercially was Aunt Jemima pancake flour introduced in 1889.
  2. Maine produces 99% of all the wild blueberries in the United States of which 90% are frozen.
  3. The Ancient Greeks made pancakes called ταγηνίας (tagēnias), deriving from τάγηνον (tagēnon), “frying pan”.
  4. The earliest attested references on tagenias are in the works of the 5th century BC poets Cratinus and Magnes.
  5. Tagenites were made with wheat flour, olive oil, honey and curdled milk, and were served for breakfast.

On This Day in Food History…

  • 1807 London’s Pall Mall becomes the first street to be lighted with Gas Fixtures
  • 1855 The first locomotive runs from the Atlantic to the Pacific on the Panama Railway. Establishing the first trans-continental dining cars.
  • 1917 San Francisco opens it’s streetcar system. Considered a “San Francisco treat”