NATIONAL RAISIN DAY
April 30 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.
HOW TO OBSERVE
April 30 is both National Oatmeal Cookie Day and National Raisin Day. To celebrate them together, try this delicious Oatmeal Raisin Cookies I recipe.
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The first National Raisin Day was celebrated in 1909 and promoted by the raisin growers of California. Advertisements placed in papers and on the radio, flyers delivered door to door leading up to the day 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 were involved providing 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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