National Cherry Popover Day

The 1st of September begins with a very sweet holiday that we feel most people are going to want to celebrate. This is a day that’s known as National Cherry Popover Day and it’s a day that’s dedicated to a baked pastry that has a crispy exterior and a soft, warm interior that’s filled with delicious cherry preserves.

These pastries are great for packing in a person’s lunch or eaten as a snack between meals. It doesn’t matter how a person enjoys the humble cherry popover on this holiday, but they should at least share some with friends, coworkers, and family members.

The History Of National Cherry Popover Day

Before we can dig into the history of this holiday, we first have to delve into how cherry popovers came into existence. And to do that we’re going to have to go into the past. According to food historians, cherries date all the way back to the ancient Greeks and Romans.

It was a fruit that is believed to have originated between the Black and Caspian seas and quickly spread throughout Asia, the Mediterranean, and Europe. European settlers to North America would bring this fruit with them, and that’s how cherries spread around the world by the time the 18th century arrived.

In 18th century England, the popover was created. It was an adaptation of Medieval pastries that used flour, eggs, and milk to make a crispy baked pastry shell that could be filled with a variety of ingredients.

The most common ingredient that was used in these early popovers was lamb or veal, but as sugar became more popular and affordable, popovers increasingly began to turn from savory dishes into sweet ones.

Although no one really knows who invented the popover, the key components for one did show up in an 1876 cookbook known as “Practical Cooking and Dinner Giving” by Mrs. Mary F. Henderson. Although this book doesn’t mention “cherry popovers” it does mention two different recipes that could be used for making a cherry popover.

This was a “Yorkshire Pudding” and “Cherry Preserves.” These two recipes could’ve been used to make cherry popovers and probably were by someone who had that book. Unfortunately, it’s currently unknown who invented National Cherry Popover Day.

We don’t know who invented it, why they invented it, or why they place it on the 1st of September. As is usually the case in these circumstances, we’ll continue to try to research the origins of this holiday and will update this section if new information is discovered.

Observing National Cherry Popover Day

Regardless of whether a person buys their cherry popovers or decides to make their own, we predict that this is going to be a sweet holiday. Everyone celebrating this day should make sure they have enough for the people around them and they should let everyone else know about this holiday using the hashtag #NationalCherryPopoverDay on social media.

When is it?
This year (2023)
September 1 Friday
Next year (2024)
September 1 Sunday
Last year (2022)
September 1 Thursday
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