National Cherry Popover Day

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

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

The History Of National Cherry Popover Day

Before we can delve into the history of this holiday, we first have to explore 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 brought this fruit with them to North America, 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 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.

These were “Yorkshire Pudding” and “Cherry Preserves.” These two recipes could have 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 placed 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 (2024)
September 1 Sunday
Next year (2025)
September 1 Monday
Last year (2023)
September 1 Friday
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