March 7


National Cereal Day

Five things you should know about


  1. A breakfast cereal (or just cereal) is a food made from processed grains that is often eaten with the first meal of the day.
  2. It is often eaten cold, usually mixed with milk (e.g. cow’s milk, soy milk, rice milk, almond milk), juice, water, or yogurt, and sometimes fruit, but may be eaten dry.
  3. Some companies promote their products for the health benefits from eating oat-based and high-fiber cereals.
  4. Cereals may be fortified with vitamins.
  5. The first breakfast cereal, Granula was invented in the United States in 1863 by James Caleb Jackson.

On This Day in Food History…

1804 John Wedgwood, the son of Josiah Wedgwood of pottery fame, founded the Royal Horticultural Society.

1849 Luther Burbank was born. American horticulturist, he developed many new varieties of fruits and vegetables, including the Burbank Potato (1873), the Shasta Daisy, over 100 varieties of plums and prunes and 10 varieties of berries.

1897 Dr. John Kellogg served corn flakes for the first time to his patients at his hospital in Battle Creek, Michigan. They wouldn’t be sold commercially until 1906.

1914 The Coca Cola Bottler’s Association was formed.