NATIONAL GRAB SOME NUTS DAY
Defining a nut is tricky. Though botanically an almond and cashew aren’t considered nuts, once they’re in the can, it’s hard to tell the difference. The same goes for walnuts and peanuts, even though they have the word “nut” in their names. Despite the confusion, these nuts, legumes, seeds, and drupes continue to find their way into our daily diets. Whether we add them to salads or into our baking, we love nuts. We’re nutty for nuts!
Depending on the kind, they add necessary good fats to our diets. They’re also full of minerals and nutrients we might otherwise be missing. In the right quantities, they improve our health and make things taste better, too. There’s nothing too nutty about that.
These little bountiful nuggets contain beneficial nutrients, have a long shelf life, and can be quite portable. They add a nice crunch to snacks and desserts as well as satisfying meals. National Grab Some Nuts Day might seem a little squirrelly, but then again it’s the right time of year for it. Go nuts and grab a few or a lot!
HOW TO OBSERVE NATIONAL GRAB SOME NUTS DAY
Do not forget to grab a handful of your favorite nuts to snack on today! Better yet, get baking. Nuts add texture and flavor to baked goods. Don’t forget the savory dishes. Try adding almonds to salads, peanuts to stirfry or create a crust from crushed pecans for a pork roast. We even have some recipes for you to try:
No matter how you celebrate, the day encourages sharing by using #NationalGrabSomeNutsDay on social media.
HISTORY OF NATIONAL GRAB SOME NUTS DAY
We were unable to identify the origin of the observance.
NATIONAL WATERMELON DAY
National Watermelon Day on August 3rd recognizes the refreshing summertime treat enjoyed at picnics and fairs! Watermelon is 92% water, which is why it is so satisfying in the summer heat.
This vine-like flowering plant originated from southern Africa. While the word watermelon refers to both the fruit and the plant to botanists, the plant is a pepo. The pepo is a berry which has a thick rind (exocarp) and fleshy center (mesocarp and endocarp). Interestingly, pepos develop from an inferior ovary and are characteristic of the Cucurbitaceae.
While the watermelon fruit is loosely considered a type of melon, it’s not in the genus Cucumis. The smooth exterior usually has a dark green rind with stripes or yellow spots. The juicy, sweet interior flesh of the fruit ranges from deep red to pink. However, sometimes comes in orange, yellow, or white.
Since the melon holds plentiful water, desert dwellers likely first cultivated the melon. Another reason this is suspected is that wild melons were bitter and tasteless. Additional evidence of the watermelon’s value is supplied in the seeds and art found in tombs of Pharaohs. Over time, cultivation and breeding brought out the better qualities of sweet and tender fruit we enjoy today.
With proper growing conditions, watermelons grow to enormous sizes. Around the world, competitions award prizes each year for the largest one. The Guinness Book of World Records states that the heaviest watermelon weighed 262 pounds. To learn more refreshing watermelon facts, check out www.watermelon.org.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Pick up a delicious watermelon and slice it up. Invite the neighborhood over to share. While you’re enjoying the yummy fruit, have a watermelon seed spitting contest. Don’t forget to celebrate with the rest of the country! Post on social media using #NationalWatermelonDay.
Our research was unable to find the creator and origin of National Watermelon Day.
Mead Day on the first Saturday in August increases awareness and fosters camaraderie among mead makers. A long history and rich craft and trade follow mead where ever it is found.
One of the world’s oldest fermented beverages, mead is also called honey wine, ambrosia or nectar. A craftsman combines honey, water, and yeast to make mead. With honey production in high gear, Mead Day shines a spotlight on its key ingredient and the time-honored craft surrounding it.
Mead has been known to be called the “ancestor of all fermented drinks.”
The flavor of mead varies depending on the ingredients added to the fermentation. Anything from seasonal fruits, herbs, and blossoms can be added. Some mead makers carbonate their beverage like beer, sparkling cider, or wine. For a more hoppy flavor, makers add hops to the recipe.
In addition to hops, producers distill mead. The result creates a more liqueur quality mead producing a brandy.
Homebrewers look forward to this day every year. But it’s not the only day on the calendar for craftspeople where mead is concerned. In May, National Homebrew Day celebrates the craftspeople all across the country. Other days on the calendar important to mead producers include World Bee Day and National Pollinators Month. Why? Because without pollinators like bees, butterflies, bats and more, there would be no honey to make mead.
HOW TO OBSERVE #MEADDAY
Go out and enjoy a glass of mead. This is an excellent time for those in the mead craft to network with farmers, beekeepers, orchards, and others associated with pollinators. Mead making relies heavily on honey and the crops that bees, bats, and butterflies pollinate. Working together, these producers can not only secure their products for the following year but provide the essential blossoms for pollinators to find. (Always remember to drink responsibly and never to drink and drive). Post on social media using #MeadDay.
HISTORY OF MEAD DAY
American Homebrewers Association (AHA) created Mead Day in 2002.
NATIONAL JAMAICAN PATTY DAY
National Jamaican Patty Day on the first Saturday in August celebrates a delicious turnover style pastry. Be sure to enjoy one where ever you are!
Filled with a variety of fillings, Jamaican patties satisfy hunger with seasoned ground beef, chicken, seafood or vegetables. The crust is ideally flaky in texture and shaped into a half-moon. While the fillings are usually spice, milder stuffings are offered to those who are faint of heart.
Since the Jamaican Patty is similar to an English Cornish Pastry, it should be no surprise recipes for the dish hails from there. It’s suggested the pastry came to Jamaica during the colonial days and bears some resemblance to the Spanish empanada.
Among Jamaicans, the patty serves as a quick grab-n-go meal or snack. A typical person eats a patty or two for lunch while in school or at work. It serves well as a hot & nutritious snack and when paired with a coco-bread it becomes a belly-filling & satisfying meal in itself.
HOW TO OBSERVE NATIONAL JAMAICAN PATTY DAY
Enjoy a tasty Jamaican patty! All 120 Golden Krust stores will feature 99 cent patties from 12 a.m. to 4 p.m. EST. Good luck and enjoy the National Jamaican Patty Day festivities. Share the fun and post pics on social media using #PattyDay. Enjoy the flavor, try a new flavor or two and Celebrate the Power of the Patty.
HISTORY OF NATIONAL JAMAICAN PATTY DAY
Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery founded National Jamaican Patty Day in May of 2015. The month of August is significant to Golden Krust for a myriad of reasons. Golden Krust first opened its doors for business in August of 1989. Jamaica celebrates both Emancipation and Independence holidays in the month of August. Most importantly, Mavis Ephraim, the matriarch of the Hawthorne family was born in the month of August.
The Registrar at National Day Calendar declared National Jamaican Patty Day to be observed annually on the first Saturday in August.
ABOUT GOLDEN KRUST CARIBBEAN BAKERY & GRILL
Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery & Grill is the brainchild of Ephraim and Mavis Hawthorne, also the founders of Hawthorne & Son’s Bakery in St. Andrew, Jamaica, and parents of the present owners.
In 1989, Lowell, President, and CEO, along with his wife Lorna, four of his siblings and their spouses, pooled all their resources to open the first Golden Krust retail location on East Gun Hill Road in Bronx, NY. By 1996 they owned 17 Restaurants throughout New York City. The business became so successful the Hawthorne’s felt encouraged to create franchises, and they seized the opportunity to do just that.
In that same year, Golden Krust became the first Caribbean-owned business in the U.S. granted a franchise license. The pivotal year of 1996 signified Golden Krust’s relocation to its plant in the South Bronx, eventually purchasing the entire block from 172nd Street to Claremont Parkway on Park Avenue.
Today, Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery & Grill operates a chain of over 100 Restaurants in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Florida, Maryland, North Carolina, and Massachusetts.
To satisfy all tastes, at Golden Krust we offer a variety of fillings which include Spicy Beef, Mild Beef, Cheezee Beef, Chicken, Jerk Chicken, Shrimp, Vegetable, Spinach, and Soya. Try them all and let us know your favorite!
NATIONAL GEORGIA DAY
The 13th colony and the 4th state to enter the Union, National Georgia Day recognizes the natural wonders and immense complexities of this bastion of Southern culture.
Georgia’s founder, James Oglethorpe, settled the colony’s first capital, Savannah. Georgia would go on to have four more capitals, Augusta, Louisville, Milledgeville and finally, Atlanta
Politically and socially, a divide has always seemed to exist. Considering Georgia was initially established as a barrier of fortification between South Carolina’s southern border and the Spanish settled in Florida, perhaps Georgia lived up to destiny.
To Sign or Not to Sign
Georgia initially prohibited slavery in 1735. Of the 13 original colonies, she was the only one to do so. The prohibition lasted 15 years. Leading up the Revolution, Georgia leaned toward supporting the crown and was the single colony not in attendance at the First Continental Congress.
During the Second Continental Congress, Georgia first sent one delegate, Lyman Hall. However, Hall didn’t vote because he only represented a single parish in Georgia. The colony later sent Button Gwinnett and George Walton as official delegates. All three signed the Declaration of Independence.
Wars were destructive for Georgia. Her people and the economy suffered, and the resistance to social change persisted.
During the 20th century, industrial and technological advancements found a niche in Georgia’s economy. A hub for airlines, military bases and international corporations, Georgia rebounded once more.
National Georgia Day Flavor
When it comes to Georgia, words that come to mind include home-cookin’ and comfort food. Don’t be surprised by the serving size, the number of fried foods or desserts. Two things are certain, they’re made from the heart, and they are delicious!
Just about anything can be fried, including okra, green tomatoes, chicken, seafood and Vidalia onions. Since 1986, those sweet onions grow in Vidalia and 20 Georgia counties, and nowhere else by Geogia law.
Peaches are to Georgia like sunshine is summer. Take a bite out a ripe one and let the juice run down your chin. Or, enjoy all the wonderful peach pastries or canned peaches Georgia has to offer. From pies to jellies, there are so many ways to bring the flavor of Georgia home with you.
Real BBQ finds a home in the South and in Georgia, you better show up early or you won’t get served. When its done right, there’s bound to be a limited supply, so it sells out early, too!
When the air is cool, a Brunswick stew is in order. With tomatoes, lima beans, corn, okra, potatoes, and chicken, beef or any game to be had, this one-dish meal will warm the whole family up on cold, Southern evening.
HOW TO OBSERVE NATIONAL GEORGIA DAY
Overall, Georgia’s history is fertile for inspiration. Alongside the peach orchards and cotton fields surge crops of masterful artists, musicians, writers, and poets. Their experiences with the beauty, history, and humanity of Georgia fill the eyes and ears with more than can be appreciated in one visit.
NATIONAL DISC GOLF DAY
Grab your discs and call up your friends! The first Saturday in August is National Disc Golf Day!
How to Play Disc Golf
Disc golf and traditional golf share many common characteristics. For example, both sports include a goal of reaching each target with the fewest number of strokes; or in the case of disc golf, throws.
While disc golf parallels the traditional game in many ways, there are differences. Instead of clubs and a ball, the only gear necessary is a disc or Frisbee™. Players start from a tee pad which is generally a rectangular area made of anything from rubber to cement or even brick. After each throw, the player progresses down the fairway.
From where the disc lands, the player throws again and repeats until the disc lands in the target. As in traditional golf, the total number of throws a player takes to get the disc into the target is equal to the score for that hole.
Since the late 1960s, enthusiasts have been playing disc golf. The game became a formalized sport in the 1970s. In the beginning, targets were nothing more than tree trunks or wooden posts cemented into the ground. As the game progressed, courses replaced trees and posts with metal baskets with chains. The chains added a benefit of helping to catch the discs. Initially, the metal baskets were called a Disc Golf Pole Hole. However, today, these modern-day targets come in dozens of design variations with the same general idea and technical specifications in mind.
Benefits of Disc Golf
Several advantages to disc golf immediately jump to mind. First of all, the sport is convenient and inexpensive. While on vacation or camping, discs easily pack along with other gear without adding much space or weight. Unlike traditional golf, a majority of disc golf courses across the country are open to the public. That means no fees, memberships, or tee times.
As a growing international sport, the number of courses is increasing all the time. In August of 2015, the International Olympic Committee granted full recognition to Flying Disc sports providing a global platform for Flying Disc sports, including disc golf.
People of all ages and abilities play disc golf. The sport offers a terrific low-impact, cardiovascular workout that can test both physical skill and mental determination. Not only that, but disc golf brings the whole family together for an afternoon of laughs and enjoyment together.
HOW TO OBSERVE NATIONAL DISC GOLF DAY
The Professional Disc Golf Association encourages you to get out on the course to celebrate National Disc Golf Day. With courses in all 50 states, finding a course near you should be easy. Invite friends tp lay a round or two with you. The PDGA Disc Golf Course Directory is a great resource to locate courses in your area. Use the #NationalDiscGolfDay to share where you plan to play and what your favorite courses are on social media.
HISTORY OF NATIONAL DISC GOLF DAY
The Professional Disc Golf Association founded National Disc Golf Day to celebrate one of the fastest-growing sports in the world. August is a significant month for the sport of disc golf. The first patent (#4,039,189) was issued on a chain catching device to “Steady” Ed Headrick on August 12th, 1977, which changed the future of the sport. It is now a standard for course design.
Additionally, on August 2, 1974, disc golfers in the Rochester, NY area decided to make their annual City of Rochester Disc Golf Championship a big national tournament. Their goal was to find out just how many other people around the country were playing disc golf. They called the event the American Flying Disc Open, and to attract the attention of the Frisbee™ community, they put up a brand new 1974 automobile to be awarded to the winner!
NATIONAL MUSTARD DAY
National Mustard Day on the first Saturday in August recognizes the versatile condiment. Used in many different cuisines, mustard comes from the seeds of the mustard plant.
Depending on the kind of mustard, (white or yellow mustard, Sinapis hirta; brown or Indian mustard, Brassica juncea; or black mustard, B. nigra), flavors and color will vary.
The mustard seed may be used whole, ground, cracked or bruised in cooking. When mixed with liquids such as water, lemon juice or broth, mustard produces different textures and flavors. At times, the spice may be used as a paste, sauce or even marinade. Try mixing mustard with other seasonings to create a dry rub for roasts, chicken or chops.
Since some mustards are zestier than others, the spice pairs well with meats and cheeses. Pile up slices of ham, turkey, and Munster between your favorite crusty bread. Next, add some creamy mustard and fresh veggies. That’s how you build a sandwich with zing. The same can be done with salads, hamburgers and hot dogs, too.
Once you’ve mastered the sandwich move on to dressings, glazes, and soups. Around the world, the spice is used in many forms beyond the seed. For example, in India, the entire plant is used from the sprouts to the mature greens. Expressing the oil of the seed is beneficial for both cooking and medicinal uses. Try a Mediterranean recipe by making a creamy tahini or aioli and make your dishes sing. Similar recipes can be found in northern and southeastern Europe, too.
And don’t forget Asia, the Americas, and Africa. As a result, cooks reach for the spice and condiment more often than almost any other in the world.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NATIONALMUSTARDDAY
If you’re in Middleton, Wisconsin, head down to the Mustard Museum for a festive day of mustard sampling and events. Everywhere else, try tasting a variety of mustards at home or in a local spice store. Find one that makes your tongue sing and add it to your cooking. An even easier way to celebrate is by inviting friends over for a cookout of hot dogs and burgers. Top one off with your favorite kind of mustard and enjoy!
Experiment and try new recipes with mustard as the spotlight ingredient. Post photos on social media using #NationalMustardDay.
HISTORY OF NATIONAL MUSTARD DAY
The Mustard Museum began sponsoring National Mustard Day in 1991. In 2010, the event moved to the current home of the Museum in Downtown Middleton, Wisconsin. With more than 6,000 enthusiastic mustard lovers in attendance annually, this event has raised thousands of dollars for local charity.
The origins of the day prior to that date are unknown.
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