December 22, 2012

National Date Nut Bread Day

“That is an artist as I would have an artist be, modest in his needs: he really wants only two things, his bread and his art--panem et Circen." - Friedrich Nietzsche

It's National Date Nut Bread Day!

One of my goals with Almanac of Eats was to celebrate as many different food holidays as I could. This was no easy task since many foods are celebrated on more than one day. Date nut bread, for example, has two days it's honored on: September 8th and today, December 22nd. And as far as I know, there are no other foods celebrated on either of these days. So...

Date nut bread take two!

Dates themselves grow on palm trees and come the Greek word "dáktulos," meaning "finger", which refers to the shape the fruit is in. Because they've been part of our diets for so long, it's difficult to pinpoint their exact origin, though it's believed to have been in the Persian Gulf.

And now you're all the wiser, foodies.

And bored if you're eating the year like I am (really, why couldn't - like - tacos get two days? Why did it have to be date nut bread? Mega yawn.).

Happy National Date Nut Bread Day!