April 5 is National Raisin and Spice Bar Day
Interesting Food Facts about Raisin and Spice Bar
- Raisin spice bars are typically made with cinnamon, allspice, chopped pecans or walnuts, and raisins.
- The the creator and origin of National Raisin and Spice Bar Day is not clear.
- Raisin – comes from the Latin racemus and means “a cluster of grapes or berries”.
- Raisin grapes were grown as early as 2000 bc in Persia and Egypt, and dried grapes are mentioned in the Bible (Numbers 6:3) during the time of Moses. David (Israel’s future king) was presented with “a hundred clusters of raisins” (1 Samuel 25:18), probably sometime during the period 1110–1070 bc.
- Raisin colors vary by drying process. For example, a dark purplish/black raisin is sun-dried. A light to medium brown raisin is mechanically dehydrated in special drying tunnels.
Today’s Food History
- 1764 The Sugar Act passed in Britain, placing new restrictions on the import of molasses to America.
- 1806 Isaac Quintard patented the apple cider mill.
- 1858 W. Atlee Burpee was born. Founder of the world’s largest mail-order seed company in 1876.
- 1881 Edwing Houston and Elihu Thomson patented a centrifugal separator, which could be used in separating milk.
- 1981 Bob Hite died. Singer with Canned Heat.
- 1994 Andre Tchelistcheff died. Tchelistcheff was a Russian-born U.S. enologist, was a pivotal figure in the revitalization of the California wine industry following Prohibition (1919-33) and used his Paris training in viticulture and wine making to pioneer such techniques as cold fermentation and the use of American oak barrels for aging. He was also an authority on the types of soil suitable for growing various grape varieties.
- Encyclopedia Brittanica (CD-2002)
- 1998 The Spice Girls first U.K. concert in Glasgow