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MAY 13, 2019 | NATIONAL FROG JUMPING DAY | NATIONAL APPLE PIE DAY | NATIONAL WOMEN’S CHECKUP DAY | NATIONAL FRUIT COCKTAIL DAY | NATIONAL CROUTON DAY

NATIONAL FROG JUMPING DAY

Observed each year on May 13, National Frog Jumping Day is a favorite of young and old alike.

In 1865, Mark Twain published his first short story, Jim Smiley and His Jumping Frog. 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.

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

HOW TO OBSERVE

Use #FrogJumpingDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

Mark Twain’s story about a pet frog named Dan’l Webster and a casual competition between two men betting on whose frog jumps higher, is the origin of National Frog Jumping Day.  The annual Frog Jumping Contest,  which began in 1849 in Calaveras County, California is also an origin of this holiday.  The international counterpart of this celebration is February 19.

NATIONAL APPLE PIE DAY

National Apple Pie Day, America’s favorite dessert, is observed annually on May 13th.

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

While the apple pie existed well before the Pilgrims landed on the eastern shores of what is now The United States, Americans wax poetic about the how American apple pie is.  The phrase “as American as apple pie” has been around for more than 100 years.

During the turn of the 20th century when whole toasted cereals were becoming the ‘health food’ fad, pie gained a bad reputation.  Apple pie saved the day of sorts, being more nutritious than other pies according to some.

Teddy Roosevelt was impressed to have a taste of home when he was an American apple pie while traveling in Africa.

Soldiers during World War II were often quoted they were fighting “for Mom and apple pie.”   In 1970, advertisers used the patriotic connection with a commercial jingle “Baseball, hot dogs, apple pie, and Chevrolet.”

HOW TO OBSERVE

Enjoy this recipe called Perfect Apple Pie

Use #NationalApplePieDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

Within our research, we were unable to find the creator of National Apple Pie Day.

NATIONAL WOMEN’S CHECKUP DAY

Led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health and as part of National Women’s Health Week, the second Monday in May is National Women’s Checkup Day.

The goal of National Women’s Checkup Day 2016 maintaining regular checkups as one of five healthy habits women can do to improve their health.  Other habits we can include are physical activity, healthy diets, quit smoking and following general safety rules.

Yearly well-woman visits are important and should include discussions of your health habits and family history, setting health goals and scheduling or receiving screenings or necessary exams.  Screening would include blood pressure, cholesterol, cervical cancer and others.

For more information, visit women’s health.gov.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Schedule a checkup if you haven’t had one recently.  Use #WomensCheckupDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

National Women’s Checkup Day is supported by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and is part of National Women’s Health Week.

NATIONAL FRUIT COCKTAIL DAY

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. 

HOW TO OBSERVE

Use  #FruitCocktailDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

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

 NATIONAL CROUTON DAY

National Crouton Day is observed annually on May 13th.

Many of our words for bread-related foods come from the French and for good reason.  The French love bread.  Croutons are no different.  The French word croûte means crust.  Croutons are often made from day old bread which has been cut into cubes and seasoned with herbs, oil or butter.  The bread is then either toasted in the oven or tossed in a hot pan until crunchy.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Celebrate National Crouton Day by sharing your crouton creations using #NationalCroutonDay on Social Media.

HISTORY

National Crouton Day was submitted by Rothbury Farms® in February 2015.  Established in 1923, Rothbury Farms® is a fourth generation, family-owned business where consumer value means

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using the highest quality products to produce the very best products. At Rothbury Farms® croutons are their passion. Rothbury Farms® Croutons are made from fresh bread toasted to just the right crispness and then seasoned with a select blend of herbs, spices, and cheeses. Rothbury Farms® Croutons are a versatile food and compliment any time of the day from breakfast to lunch, to dinner, to snack time and are perfect for breakfast casseroles, bread puddings, salads, soups, stuffing, dinner casseroles, appetizers and also as snacks.

In March 2015, the Registrar at National Day Calendar declared May 13th of each year as National Crouton Day.

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