It’s summer! What’s better than summer? Summer and watermelon day! July and August are the months Watermelon is generally harvested so it only seems natural to have Watermelon Day in August. There is nothing like cooling down and relaxing with a slice of watermelon on a hot day. Watermelons can grow to a hundred pound or more, the largest recorded to date is 350 pounds found by Chris Kent on October 4th, 2013. That’s almost enough to feed a family of four! (Just kidding)
How to celebrate – Go to watermelon farm and pick your own watermelon. Have a seed spitting contest! Grow your own watermelon in the backyard but be careful, the vines go everywhere and climb anywhere!
There are green apples, yellow apples and probably more colors out there but the most popular is the red apple. It’s also the most notorious as the apple in the Garden of Eden. Now that old saying, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” probably isn’t true but then… it doesn’t hurt either! You can eat them as they are, bake them or put them in a pie of salad, they are good anyway you prepare them. It is also most likely the most American fruit there is. Make Johnny Appleseed proud and have an apple or two today, and share them.
How to celebrate – Eat a red apple today. Make an apple pie. (Make sure to use red apples) Dress up like Johnny Appleseed and spread apples about your neighborhood.
October 21st Apple Day
An apple a day keeps the doctor away. Well, not really but eating apples is healthy! There are dozens of different types of apples. They change in size, flavor and even color. When you go to a grocery store you generally get a very small sampling of apples, the most popular and the most requested. October is always a month filled with celebrating the apple. They are ripe now and time to be picked. Remember, twist them, do not pull them off the tree. Today was founded in 1990 at Covent Garden but the apple has been celebrated for centuries. Most orchards celebrate by having rides and a festival so if you are lucky enough to be near one, you can enjoy the apple in more ways than one.
How to celebrate – Learn the different types of apples. Visit an Apple Orchard. Have your own festival to celebrate the apple at your house.
I am sure today is a day you have been waiting for all year! It’s sneak some zucchini onto your neighbor’s porch day. Now this isn’t a day you can really repeat every year with the same neighbor, after the first couple of years they should figure it out so you will need to find a new victim. And, just saying, if you have nothing better to do than to sneak some zucchini onto your neighbor’s porch and waiting for them to discover it then maybe you need to get a life. The surprise and bewilderment really isn’t worth it! But since entertainment is a little harder to find these days, it’s worth doing at least once.
How to celebrate – Go buy, or grow, some zucchini. Find a neighbor with a front porch. Get a ninja outfit to accomplish your goal.
The summer fruit. It’s 90% water, for which I think it gets it’s name and makes it the summer fruit. It’s like drinking a glass of water while eating a sweet fruit. It’s fun to eat as well, just ask any kid! It has become a regular part of our summer day, just like the heat and bright sunny skies. I remember planting some watermelon and not realizing it grew on a vine. Well the vines started over taking my yard and as the melons grew my 300 pound Mastiff dog became more and more frightened of these invaders from another planet. He would bark and bark at the melons, so much so, that we had to get rid of them.
How to celebrate – Enjoy some watermelon. Plant some watermelon but give it room to grow! Try some with salt to bring out even more flavor.
June 20th National Smoothie Day
I don’t really know how long smoothies have been around. It seems like forever but I don’t think Wild Bill Hickock was enjoying a smoothie on his buffalo hunts. Smoothies are a healthy drink, normally. They contain vitamins and minerals that we might not digest daily otherwise. We can sip on them or gulp them down (brain freeze warning!) and it doesn’t matter. We are satisfying our taste buds while getting those healthy boosts at the same time. That’s a win-win.
How to celebrate – Have a smoothie today. Make up your own new smoothie. Buy a blender.
May 16th Plant A Lemon Tree Day
Lemon trees provide us with lemons, obviously, but also a wonderful fragrance and they give off oxygen. That’s a win, win, win! There is a tradition a lot of people do when buying a new home. They plant a tree and watch it grow as they live in the house. If that sounds like a good idea to you, try planting a lemon tree. Once it starts producing fruit you can open a lemonade stand to help pay off that mortgage too!
How to celebrate – Plant a lemon tree. See how many different types of lemon you can name. Learn all the different things you can create from a lemon.
I love pie. Nothing against cakes or cookies or any other type of dessert you may choose, they are good too, but pie is normally so flavorful! Most of the time pie is made with fresh fruit, it’s juicy and tasty and satisfies so many senses. The day was created by the American Pie Council, I didn’t even know that existed! Who do they council? Either you like pie or you don’t! Anyway, I am sure they are important, at least they created the day which gives us all a reason to celebrate something! Cherry pie is my favorite, apple pie is apparently the most popular, but pie can be made out of any fruit or even chocolate, lemon (Lemon is a fruit, right?) Key Lime. You name it, it can be made into a pie. Home made, store bought… they are both good.
How to celebrate – Have a pie party! Taste test several pies to see which you like best. List as many pies as you can think of.
December 21st National Kiwi Day
Here is a fruit that is native to China and had a certain popularity in the Far East prior to World War 2 but never really caught on until soldiers fighting in New Zealand tried the fruit, liked it and brought it back to the west with them. Originally known as “Yang Tao”, the Chinese gooseberry, it eventually was named Kiwi. Sounds Hawaiian! It is often mixed with strawberries as they seem to compliment each other. Interesting, at least to me, is the fact that though it is native to China, the number one producing country for Kiwi today is Italy.
How to celebrate – Have some Kiwi today. Visit China and see
Kiwi in the wild. Make your own recipe using Kiwi.
Today is your opportunity to eat some healthy fruit and get buzzed at the same time! Sound like a winner, well it is! Now it takes a little prep work though. You need to soak your fruit in brandy until it’s reached the desired amount of brandy (This may vary per person) Then add a little sugar, if you want, and let it dry (Or don’t) and enjoy. Now if you like, you can even skip the fruit part and just drink the brandy, but it will leave you hungry so I suggest the fruit. And if you are health aware… skip the brandy and just eat the fruit. But if you do either of those you won’t enjoy the day as it is meant, and it is meant for enjoying! You will need to monitor your intake.
How to celebrate – Brandy some fruit. Take a risk and brandy some vegetables. Taste test.