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February 27 is National Strawberry Day! 

Posted on February 26, 2017

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Here are today’s five food finds about strawberries: 

Strawberries aren’t berries at all, they are considered by botantists to be their own seperate fruit! 

Strawberries are members of the rose family. 

Belgium has a museum dedicated to the strawberry. 

The ancient Romans thought strawberries has medicinal powers to cure depression, kidney stones, and a sore throat. 

California produces nearly 80% of America’s strawberries. 

Today’s Food History

1827 The first Mardi Gras celebration was held in New Orleans.
1879 Saccharin, an artificial sweetener, was discovered by Constantine Fahlberg and Ira Remsen at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. The FDA has required warning labels, since 1972, on products using saccharin because it is a suspected carcinogen.
1902 John Steinbeck was born. American novelist, some of his titles were: ‘The Grapes of Wrath,’ ‘Tortilla Flats’ and ‘Cannery Row.’
1936 RIP Ivan Petrovich Pavlov died. He first theorized that digestion was controlled in part by sensory inputs of sight, smell and taste . ‘conditioned reflex

January 15th is National Strawberry Ice Cream Day! First celebrated in 1932.

Posted on January 15, 2019

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 Happy National Strawberry Ice Cream Day

A ‘Day’ created in the 1950’s to celebrate a very popular flavor of the time.

Here are today’s five things to know about Strawberry Ice Cream:

It is thought that “iced” cream was first served in the White House in the early 1800’s.

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Huge chunks of  frozen river ice were stored in basements vaults covered in hay to keep them from melting.

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Strawberries are the only fruit with seeds on the outside.

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Strawberries are a member of the rose family.

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Alexander the Great (356-323 B.C.) is known to have loved snow flavored strawberries with nectar and honey.

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Today’s Food History

  • 1785 William Prout was born. An English chemist, he was the first to classify food components into 3 main divisions – carbohydrates, fats and proteins.
  • 1799 John Hetheringoton, a London haberdasher, created the “stove top” hat. A large crowd gathered to see this new hat, and was charged with disturbing the peace (charges later dropped). The “top” hat was an immediate success.
  • 1889 A patent was issued to Daniel Johnson of Kansas City, MO, for a ‘Rotary Dining Table’ for use on ships. The table and attached chairs rotated so that everyone could be served from one spot, making it unnecessary to carry food around the table to serve everyone.
  • 1919 The Great Molasses Flood. On January 15, 1919, a large 50 foot high storage tank in Boston burst and sent a tidal wave of over 2 million gallons of molasses traveling at over 30 miles per hour. Houses, buildings and parts of the elevated rail system were crushed in its path. Twenty-one people died, and over 150 were injured. It took over 6 months to clean up the mess. The damage was in the millions of dollars.
  • 1945 Joan Johnson of the vocal group the ‘Dixie Cups’ was born.
  • 1964 Jack Teagarden, jazz trombonist died.
  • 1986 Pop Secret Microwave Popcorn was introduced by General Mills.
  • 1990 Campbell’s Soup produces its 20 billionth can of tomato soup.
  • 2008 After six years of study, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ruled that meat and milk from cloned pigs, cattle and goats and their offspring is safe and does not need to be labelled as derived from cloned animals.

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September 28th is National Strawberry Cream Pie Day!

Posted on September 28, 2018

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Today’s Food Fact:

Strawberries are few fruits with its seeds on the outside


Five Food Finds about Strawberries

  • The garden strawberry, Fragaria × ananassa, is a hybrid species that is cultivated worldwide for its fruit, the (common) strawberry.
  • The fruit (which is not actually a botanical berry, but an aggregate ‘accessory fruit’)
  • It is consumed in large quantities, either fresh or in prepared foods such as preserves, fruit juice, pies, ice creams, and milkshakes.
  • Artificial strawberry aroma is 3rd most widely used in food products.
  • The garden strawberry was first bred in Brittany, France, in the 1750s via a cross of Fragaria virginiana from eastern North America and Fragaria chiloensis, which was brought from Chile by Amédée-François Frézier in 1714.

Today’s Food History

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1895 Louis Pasteur died. A French scientist, who showed that microorganisms were responsible for disease, food spoilage and fermentation. He developed the process for killing these organisms by heat, called Pasteurization.

1902 Emile Zola died. French writer and critic who was also known as a gourmand. His detailed descriptions of simple meals, banquets and eating in his novels are among the best to be found anywhere. He was also known for his own luxury dinner parties. “What will be the death of me are bouillabaisses, food spiced with pimiento, shellfish, and a load of exquisite rubbish which I eat in disproportionate quantities.”

1954 George Harrison Shull died. An American botanist, he is frequently called the ‘father of hybrid corn.’


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