National Strawberries and Cream Day
National Strawberries and Cream Day is observed next on Tuesday, May 21st, 2024 (87 days from today).
Celebrated every year on the 21st of May, National Strawberries and Cream Day have been celebrated to elevate the sweet and creamy blend of strawberries with cream.
Add the perfect combination of sweet and cream to your celebration of National Strawberries and Cream Day, celebrated annually on May 21st. Fresh strawberries and cream are the perfect treat to enjoy in a day. In addition, these lovely red berries are in season in May, which is also National Strawberry Month.
History of National Strawberries and Cream Day
Strawberries have their origins in the Roman Empire. The ancient Romans believed that this fruit relieves symptoms of melancholy, fainting, inflammation, fever, throat infections, kidney stones, bad breath, gout attacks, as well as blood, liver and spleen. However, food historians suggest that the Greeks knew about strawberries even before this.
This fruit was also a symbol of wealth and luxury in Victorian England. As a perishable food, strawberries are only available in season, increasing their demand. After evolving into luxury, they began to be served in afternoon tea by the rich.
History also tells the story of this fruit's harvest and availability coinciding with the Wimbledon tournaments, which are about strawberries and ice cream as much as tennis. While we still don't know exactly how this dessert became such an integral part of Wimbledon, some sources claim that it was King George V who introduced this delicious dish to the tournament. Some believe that the seasonality and popularity of these red berries have contributed to it becoming Wimbledon's snack of choice.
As for how this quintessential British dish was born, its origin stories say that Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, a confidant of King Henry VIII, was behind it. The court of King Henry VIII fed some 600 hungry lords and ladies twice a day. The chef there came up with the idea of combining sweet strawberries and curd into a dessert that required no cooking, and voila, a delicious dish was born! Another version of this story says that Cardinal Wolsey mixed these two ingredients during a royal feast, and anything the royals ate immediately became fashionable. Newlyweds even eat strawberries and ice cream for their customary wedding breakfast!
Why National Strawberry and Ice Cream Day?
There's no reason why you wouldn't celebrate a day dedicated to this juicy and wonderful fruit and this day is yet another reason for you to get the best out of strawberries. Strawberries are sweet with a slight sourness in flavor and are in season this time of year. When combined with sour cream and curd, they are a combination worth dying for. That's not the only reason to celebrate this beautiful and well-balanced dish. Berries are known for their medicinal properties like improving immunity, optimizing blood pressure, etc.
Another factor to consider is that this season is perfect for ripe strawberries and this is the perfect time to enjoy them. It's a way to promote seasonal eating habits and enjoy fruit in season, at the right time. It's always about buying local products and that's why you should buy them in season. Celebrating this day gives you a reason to buy these strawberries while also enjoying a beautiful dessert.
Strawberries are packed with vitamin C, making them the perfect summer fruit to enjoy. They bring smiles and instant release of endorphins that make you instantly happy when you snack on them. Here's another reason why you should celebrate them with the perfect ice cream partner.
Some truths about National Strawberry and Ice Cream Day
- Strawberries are the only fruit having seeds outside. There are almost 200 seeds in each strawberry and each of them can be used to breed many different types of strawberries, with more than 600 varieties of strawberries in the world.
- It can be said that strawberries bring spring. They are the first fruits to ripen as we enter spring, reminding us of the coming weather.
- The rich nitrate content in strawberries can help you get the most out of your workout. Studies show that people who eat nitrate-rich foods burn an extra 100 calories when they exercise.
- The acids present in strawberries can clean your teeth, giving you a perfect smile. It whitens your teeth and the happiness of consuming them need not be hidden.
Some interesting about Strawberries
- The only fruit has seeds outside
A strawberry has about 200 seeds and each fruit has the genetic potential to become a new variety - that's why breeders are able to develop so many varieties.
- They herald spring
Strawberries bloom in spring in a way; they're the first to ripen this season.
- They give your workout a little boost
Strawberries are rich in nitrates, and one study found that people who ate such foods before exercising burned 100 more calories than those who didn't.
- They also help your teeth look better!
The fruit acids in these berries help remove stains, which can help whiten your teeth.
- They are all over the world
These berries are grown all over the world and come in over 600 different varieties.
Why we love National Strawberry and Ice Cream Day
- Praise the versatile fruit
We use this day as another reason to worship fruit this summer. Lightly sweet (and sometimes a bit tart), strawberries mixed with whipped cream and sour cream are a great combination. We would happily celebrate every day as Strawberry Day and Ice Cream Day if we could. Strawberries not only stimulate the taste buds but also bring a lot of health benefits. From boosting immunity to increasing HDL (good cholesterol) and lowering blood pressure, strawberries provide us with a host of health benefits.
- Encourages eating during the season
The day is celebrated on a month when these berries are in season, promoting sustainability and better consumption habits. Not only is an in-season product better for your health - strawberries grown in May taste much richer than artificially ripened fruit in other seasons - it also helps meet your body's needs in season requirements. In addition, buying locally is also very good for the environment. Think how much fuel emissions you are saving when you buy food without having to travel very far to get there!
- It makes us happy
Putting these sweet and sometimes tart red fruits in the mouth is similar to a happy taste. Really! Strawberries are rich in vitamin C, which is responsible for the production of endorphins in our brain, the hormone that makes you feel happy.
How to celebrate National Strawberry and Ice Cream Day
- Make it, of course!
Cook a special ice cream and strawberry desserts by your recipe. You can use it for breakfast, lunch. If you want to mix things up, you can add some granola for texture, drizzle some chocolate sauce on top, flavor whipped cream with amaretto liqueur, or even sprinkle some brown sugar on top. You can even guide your inner chef and create a snack with alternating layers of strawberries, cream, and pastry.
- Read history again
This day gives us a great opportunity to learn more about strawberries and how this delicious dish was born. Reading about the stories that (possibly) led to the creation of this dish, we see how cuisines from around the world are able to erase boundaries and borders.
- Get more knowledge to find some different ways for using strawberries
Preserve! Traffic jam! And more… this fruit can be processed into a variety of dishes to satisfy every sweet craving you've ever had. Save some to celebrate National Strawberry and Ice Cream Day, while the rest can be used in a variety of ways, depending on your needs (or your taste buds' needs).
ObservedNational Strawberries and Cream Day has been observed annually on May 21st.
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