National Fruit Cocktail Day May 13

National Fruit Cocktail Day May 13


National Fruit Cocktail Day is observed each year on May 13th.  Many of us have childhood memories of a dish of fruit cocktail regularly served with a meal.

Fruit cocktail consists of various kinds of fruit served in a liquid of its juices or 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 a 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. 


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Our research was unable to find the origin of National Fruit Cocktail Day.

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