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National Peaches and Cream Day

Posted on June 21, 2013

National Peaches and Cream Day

Five Food Finds about Peaches

  • Did you know?  Peaches were once known as Persian apples.
  • “You’re a real peach” originated from the tradition of giving a peach to the friend you liked.
  • Peaches were mentioned as early as 79 A.D. in literature.
  • Most peaches are cultivated by grafting different combinations of rootstocks to scions.
  • There are over 700 varieties of peaches-some Chinese varieties are even flat like hockey pucks!

Today’s Food History

on this day in…

1834 Cyrus McCormick received a patent for the first practical mechanical reaper.

1893 The first Ferris Wheel opened at the Columbian Exposition in Chicago, Illinois. Invented by George Washington Ferris, it had 36 cars and carried 60 passengers 264 feet high.

1933 A barge loaded with grain arrived in New Orleans to complete the first Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico barge trip.

National Apple Pie Day

Posted on May 13, 2013

National Apple Pie Day

Five Food Finds about Apple Pie

  • The first printed reference to apple pie was in 1589 by Robert Greene in ‘Arcadia’: “Thy breath is like the steame of apple-pyes.”
  • Tradition has it that Yale College served apple pie at every supper for more than 100 years
  • There is an old saying: ‘Apple pie without cheese is like a kiss without a squeeze.’
  • Americas favorite dessert, so much so that some things are said to be as American as apple pie.
  • McDonald’s added an apple pie dessert to its menu in 1968.

Today’s Food History

on this day in…

1637 I am not totally confident with the month and day, but supposedly, Cardinal Richelieu ‘created’ the table knife when he had the points rounded on all knives to be used at his table. Presumably so no one could stab him.

1884 R.I.P. Cyrus Hall McCormick. He is generally credited with the development of the mechanical reaper

1958 Velcro was trademarked.

1993 The Red Hot Chili Peppers play on the Simpsons TV show.

2008 R.I.P. Robert Mondavi, age 94. A leading Napa Valley vintner who helped establish California wines among the best in the world.

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