National Soup Month
It has been said that civilization was born in a bowl of soup. What does that mean? It means that when humankind learned how to make soup, they unlocked a wealth of nutrients that they didn’t previously have access to.
Soup allowed them to extract the nutrient-rich marrow from bones, and it also softened up meat and plant material that was too tough to eat any other way. Simply by making soup, people could go from constantly being on the brink of starvation to meeting more of their energy and nutritional needs.
This would fuel their brains — brains that would then go on to create civilization. It’s for that reason alone that people should take a moment to observe National Soup Month during January. Not to mention the fact that soup is just plain tasty.
The History of National Soup Month
Believe it or not, National Soup Month can be traced back to 1986. This is when it began as a promotional event for Campbell Soup. Although this month was intended to be a one-off, it has persisted in the public consciousness and is currently celebrated every year.
We’re not sure if this month is going to continue to be celebrated in the future, but for now, it’s a pretty popular holiday month. After all, who doesn’t love a hot bowl of soup during the cold winter months?
Facts About Soup
Because soup brings nutrition to people’s bodies, we thought that we’d bring some nutrition to everyone’s minds with some tasty facts about soup. The following soup facts are informative, and we think everyone reading this article will slurp it up.
- It’s believed that soup has been made for around 20,000 years.
- Humankind began making soups shortly after learning how to make mud or clay pots.
- Americans consume over 10 billion bowls of soup every year.
- Soup can be found in 98-99% of all American homes.
- Women are twice as likely to order soup at a restaurant than their male counterparts.
- It’s illegal in Nebraska for bar owners to sell beer unless they’re also brewing a pot of soup.
- During the Middle Ages, soups were called ‘sops’ because bread was used to “sop up” the soup.
- Over time, ‘sop’ would become known as soup.
Observing National Soup Month
National Soup Month can be enjoyed simply by serving up a bowl of soup. The only question becomes: what type of soup? For that, we have a couple of soup suggestions. There’s Italian Wedding Soup, Chicken Noodle Soup, Clam Chowder, Tomato Soup, Beef and Barley Soup, and Miso Soup.
These are soups that people should learn how to make and enjoy. People should also spread the word about this month online using the hashtag #NationalSoupMonth.