National days of the week 2/20 – 2/24

By Amanda Martin, Staff Writer

There is a national day each and every day of the year. Here are the national days of this week.

Monday: National Cherry Pie Day

Cherries were one of President George Washington’s favorite fruits. Pie came to America with the first English settlers. It was during the American Revolution that the term crust was used instead of “coffin.” Recipe books have many different recipes for cherry pie.

Tuesday: National Sticky Bun Day

Sticky buns were originally known as “schnecken” and are still considered to be a favorite in Philadelphia. It is believed that the origin of sticky buns in the United States beginning in the 18th century. Sticky buns generally consist of rolled pieces of leavened dough that often contain brown sugar and cinnamon.

Wednesday: National Cook a Sweet Potato Day

Sweet Potatoes are eaten and loved by millions of people across the United States. Central America or South America is the center of origin of the sweet potatoes. Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of vitamin A, vitamin B-6, magnesium and vitamin C.

Thursday: National Banana Bread Day

The United States saw the arrival of bananas in the 1870’s. On April 21,1893, Vienna Model Bakery advertised banana bread as something new. The recipe for banana bread was printed in The Maui News on April 12,1918.

Friday: National Tortilla Chip Day

One of the main markets of tortilla chips is the United States. Tortilla chips are most commonly served with queso, salsa and guacamole.