April 8th is National Empanada Day!
Here are today’s five food facts to know about Empanadas:
- The Spanish word for bread is “pan”. “Empanar” is a verb form that means “to bread”. Emapanada is the past-participle, “breaded”.
- It’s basically a single-serving turnover. It can be filled with sweet foods like fruits, sugars, and syrups, or savory foods like meats, cheeses, and oils.
- They originated in northwest Spain, in a region known as Galicia.
- Today they are most popular in Spanish-speaking countries across Europe and South America.
- Originally they were made with bread dough, but now they are made with pastries as well.
Today’s Food History
o 1513 Ponce de Leon landed in Florida while searching for the Fountain of Youth. He thought it was just another island of the Bahamas.
o 1862 John D. Lynde of Philadelphia patented the first aerosol dispenser.
o 1873 Alfred Paraf received a patent for the first commercially viable margarine manufacturing process.
o 1879 The Echo Farms Dairy of New York began selling milk in glass bottles, the first in the U.S.
o 1946 ‘Catfish’ Hunter, baseball pitcher, was born.
o 1992 R.I.P. Benjamin Eisenstadt. He invented the artificial sweetener, ‘Sweet ‘n Low’ (granulated saccharin and dextrose).