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MAY 13, 2014 – NATIONAL APPLE PIE DAY – NATIONAL FROG JUMPING DAY – NATIONAL FRUIT COCKTAIL DAY

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NATIONAL APPLE PIE DAY

What is known to many as  “America’s  favorite dessert”, is celebrated annually on May 13 by millions across the country as they enjoy a delicious piece (or two) of apple pie on National Apple Pie Day.

The first apple pie recipe printed was in England in 1381.  The list of ingredients included in the recipe were: good apples, good spices, figs, raisins, pears, saffron and cofyn.  (the cofyn is a casing of pastry)

Apple pie was a common food in eighteenth century United States homes and although they had been eaten long before the European colonization of America, “as American as apple pie” is a saying in the United States, meaning “typically American”.   In the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, apple pie became a symbol of American prosperity and national pride.  

  • In 1902, A newspaper published an article that declared “No pie-eating people can be permanently vanquished.”
  • Writings tell us that during World War II, when journalists asked American soldiers why they were going to war, their reply was: “for Mom and apple pie”.
  • In 1970, advertisers used the patriotic connection with a commercial jingle” baseball, hot dogs, apple pie and Chevrolet”.
  • There is a community in New Mexico named, Pie Town, which was named in honor of the apple pie.

There are many great apple pie recipes available and even though most people already have their “ol time favorite” it is always fun to try a new recipe every once in a while.  Following is a “tried and true” recipe, for you to try, called “Perfect Apple Pie”

http://www.pillsbury.com/recipes/perfect-apple-pie/1fc2b60f-0a4f-441e-ad93-8bbd00fe5334

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NATIONAL APPLE PIE DAY HISTORY

Within our research, we were unable to find the creator of National Apple Pie Day, an “unofficial” national holiday.

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NATIONAL FROG JUMPING DAY

Celebrated each year on May 13, it is National Frog Jumping Day.

In 1865, Mark Twain’s first short story, “Jim Smiley and His Jumping Frog” was published.  Later, he changed the name and published it as, “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County”.   This same story also had a third title, “The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County”.
Mark Twain’s story is about a pet frog named Dan’l Webster, and a casual competition between two men betting on whose frog jumps higher.

There is an annual Frog Jumping Contest,  which began in 1849 in Calaveras County, California.

The current frog jumping record was set in 1986 by Rosie the Ribeter, who jumped 21 feet, 5-3/4 inches.

NATIONAL FROG JUMPING DAY HISTORY

The origin and creator of National Frog Jumping Day, an “unofficial” national holiday is uncertain.  It’s inspiration may have come from Mark Twain’s story or from the Frog Jumping Contests, whichever it was, the day is a fun day to celebrate!

May 13th of every year is celebrated as the National Frog Jumping Day. The international counterpart of this celebration is February 29.

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NATIONAL FRUIT COCKTAIL DAY

National Fruit Cocktail Day is a food holiday which is annually celebrated on May 13.  Many of us have childhood memories of a dish of fruit cocktail,  served regularly with a meal.

Fruit cocktail consists of various kinds of fruit, served in a liquid of it’s own juices or a syrup.  It is often sold canned and is a staple in cafeterias, however, it can be made fresh.  

The word “cocktail” in the name, does not refer to alcohol.  The secondary definition of cocktail is “An appetizer made by combining pieces of food, such as fruit or seafood”. 

In the United States, canned fruit cocktail is stipulated by the USDA to contain certain percentages of pears, grapes, cherries,  peaches and pineapples.

William Vere Cruess of the University of California, Berkeley and also Herbert Gray of the Barron-Gray Packing Company, San Jose, California have both been credited with the invention of fruit cocktail. 

*If you are needing to watch your sugar and calorie intake, while purchasing the canned fruit cocktail choose the option with the light syrup or make the fruit cocktail fresh, at home.* 

Happy  National Fruit Cocktail Day!

NATIONAL FRUIT COCKTAIL DAY HISTORY

Our research was unable to find the creator and the origin of National Fruit Cocktail Day, an “unofficial” national holiday.

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May 13 Holidays Celebrated Around The World

LEPRECHAUN DAY

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RESOURCES:

http://nationaldaycalendar.com/days-2/national-apple-pie-day-may-13/

http://nationaldaycalendar.com/days-2/national-frog-jumping-day-may-13/

http://nationaldaycalendar.com/days-2/national-fruit-cocktail-day-may-13-2/

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