NATIONAL RAISIN DAY
April 30th recognizes another food holiday known as National Raisin Day. Raisins are tiny sundried grapes. While sunlight dries most grapes naturally in vineyards, some are mechanically dehydrated.
People have been enjoying raisins for as long as grapes have been growing. Raisins are naturally low in fat and contain healthy nutrients. California produces the majority of the world’s raisin supply.
Besides adding raisins to baked goods, you can also use raisins to make wine. Yes, grapes are used to make raisins AND wine. But in this case, raisins can be used to make wine, too. So, technically, raisin day could be considered a wine day, too.
And since April 30th is also National Oatmeal Cookie Day, add some raisins to your batter.
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NATIONAL RAISIN DAY HISTORY
The raisin growers of California promoted the first National Raisin Day in 1909. They advertised in papers on and on the radio, delivered flyers door to door leading up to the day. The advertisements included recipes, deals, and announcements reminding everyone to celebrate National Raisin Day on Friday, April 30th. When the day arrived, restaurants, dining cars, hotels, and steamships around the country included dishes featuring the dried fruit. Schools, local and state governments provided education and information about the quality of California raisins and their health benefits. What started out slowly, soon exploded into an annually celebrated event.
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