NATIONAL PAWPAW DAY
National Pawpaw Day on the third Thursday in September provides a taste of the great (forgotten) American fruit. Take a bite out of a creamy mango-banana flavored pawpaw to celebrate!
Despite their tropical taste and appearance, many pawpaws grow natively in the United States. With over 60 varieties of pawpaw to choose from, the fruit’s character changes slightly in each one.
With a blend of banana and mango and sometimes pineapple, we shouldn’t be surprised by the names given to the pawpaw. For example, the Kentucky Banana and Hillbilly Mango hint at the exciting tropical experience that awaits us. Interestingly, the pawpaw is the largest edible fruit native to the United States.
Pawpaw in History
Pawpaws have been a rich part of the fabric of American history from the very beginning. For example, the pawpaw was an integral part of Native American diets. Some may have cultivated the pawpaw, too. Early Europeans confused the pawpaw with the papaya.
As part of United States history, rumor suggests the pawpaw was George Washington’s favorite dessert. Presidential farmer, Thomas Jefferson, cultivated the tree at Monticello. Additionally, while Jefferson served as minister to France in 1786, he shipped pawpaw seeds to friends living there. During the Corps of Discovery, Lewis and Clark wrote in their journals that they were quite fond of the pawpaw. At one point during their expedition in 1806, they relied on pawpaws when other provisions ran low.
While many people have never tasted the sweet, custard-like fruit, the day sets out to change that. This seasonal fruit enjoys a peak harvest time from late August through the first frost. Given that markets and festivals across the country offer samples, there’s ample opportunity to taste your first pawpaw.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalPawpawDay
Visit an orchard near you to pick a delicious pawpaw or sample them at a local farmer’s market. While you’re at it, discover recipes for desserts, too! Invite friends to discover this truly American fruit. Consider learning more about cultivating pawpaws and planting a couple. Maybe you’ll have your own pawpaw fruit in a few years to enjoy. Use #NationalPawpawDay to share on social media.
NATIONAL PAWPAW DAY HISTORY
Kentucky State University founded National Pawpaw Day in 2019 to celebrate the delicious fruit and raise awareness of its history in the United States. Through their one-of-a-kind pawpaw research program, the KSU Land Grant Program strives to improve growing methods, breed new improved cultivars, develop new pawpaw products, and gain a better understanding of the fruit.
The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed National Pawpaw Day in 2019 to be observed on the third Thursday in September, annually.
TALK LIKE A PIRATE DAY
Talk Like a Pirate Day sails away annually on September 19th.
All you bilge rats, Aaaaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrrrgh! As you are out and about on September 19th, don’t be surprised if people are saying, “Ahoy Matie,” “Avast,” “Aye, Aye Capt’n,” “Land ho!” “Hornpipe,” and many other pirate-like phrases, because it’s International Talk Like a Pirate Day.
While ordering your coffee in the drive-thru, ask if they have change for gold bullion. Try testing your pirate language out at the library when asking for the location of Moby Dick. The pirate language always fairs well in rough seas. Settle a debate with “I’m right or I’ll walk the plank!”
When the boss gives you a new project, “Aye, aye, Capt’n,” is the correct response. However, beware calling the boss any frothy names. The goal of the day is not to lose your job.
To polish your persona, practice a swagger, limp or squint. Long days at sea give pirates unique qualities.
HOW TO OBSERVE #TalkLikeAPirateDay
Anchor’s away! Get your sea legs and a barrel o’ rum. Feel free to join in anytime with your own version of Pirate-ese. Learn more on how to talk like a pirate here. Use #TalkLikeAPirateDay to share on social media.
Educators, visit the National Day Calendar Classroom for projects all year long – including talking like a pirate!
TALK LIKE A PIRATE DAY HISTORY
John Baur and Mark Summers (aka Ol’ Chumbucket and Cap’n Slappy) created this international day in 1995. Click here for the entire story!
NATIONAL BUTTERSCOTCH PUDDING DAY
On September 19th, National Butterscotch Pudding Day offers a sweet taste of a wholesome and creamy dessert.
Brown sugar and butter star in the recipes for butterscotch pudding. However, corn syrup, vanilla, and salt are also sometimes used. Butterscotch adds amazing flavor to items such as sauces, candies, and frostings.
An 1848 newspaper offers the scoop on this yummy pudding. According to “Housewife’s Corner” and Masluk Cream Co., the real recipe for “making Doncaster butterscotch is one pound of butter, one pound of sugar and a quarter of a pound of treacle, boiled together.”
Enjoy butterscotch pudding on its own or use it in other recipes. The flavor goes well with graham cracker crusts for pies or layered in a trifle, too. Simply layer with chunks of pound cake and whipped cream. Add nuts or a caramel drizzle for texture and visual appeal.
Spike your pudding with bourbon or rum. Pudding shots are delicious little cocktails.
HOW TO OBSERVE #ButterscotchPuddingDay
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NATIONAL BUTTERSCOTCH PUDDING DAY HISTORY
National Day Calendar continues to research the history of this food holiday.
Recipe of the Day
Butterscotch Pretzel Parfait
Prep time: 5 minutes + 1-hour chilling time
Cook time: 10 minutes
Total prep: 1 hour 15 minutes
Dark Brown Sugar
Vanilla Extract and Scotch or Bourbon
1 cup pretzel crumbs (about 2 cups whole pretzels)
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1 1/2 tablespoons packed dark brown sugar
1/4 cup salted caramel
1/4 cup whipped cream
Combine brown sugar, cornstarch, and salt in a small saucepan. Add milk and eggs and stir until smooth. Bring mixture to a boil over medium heat while stirring. Stir and cook for 1-2 more minutes until the mixture thickens.
Remove saucepan from heat. Add butter and vanilla. Allow pudding to cool while stirring.
In a medium bowl, mix crumbs, butter, brown sugar, and salt. Set aside 3 tablespoons of the mixture. Divide the remaining mixture between four individual serving dishes. Press into the bottom.
Divide pudding between the four servings. Chill for 1 hour.
Add salted caramel and whipped cream. Sprinkle with crushed pretzels immediately before serving.
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