We all know that April 1 means April Fool’s Day, but there’s no fooling around here – this month is filled with awesome food holidays. Here are a few we think are worth celebrating.
National Garlic Month
I blogged a while ago about the long process of growing garlic from cloves, but let me tell you, it’s worth it. I didn’t have to buy garlic from June until January (and I go through a lot of garlic). Garlic provides fiber and disease-fighting nutrients, as well as heart-protective nutrients – plus it adds a flavorful kick to many dishes.
National Soy Foods Month
Soybeans are a huge part of American agriculture, and not just for food – products like crayons are made from soybeans – but this month celebrates soy foods in particular. From tofu to edamame to dairy-free products, soy foods abound on your grocery shelves. And you might as well just call vegetable oil “soybean oil,” as that’s its primary ingredient.
National Fresh Celery Month
That childhood snack “Ants on a Log” is my first memory of eating celery – hidden beneath peanut butter, it wasn’t so bad (especially compared to the raisins, which I would pick off). But in addition to adding a crunch to your recipes, celery provides fiber and disease-fighting nutrients, and it contains protective bone nutrients as well as antioxidants to help boost immunity.
Other April Food Holidays
National Florida Tomato Month
National Grilled Cheese Month
National Soft Pretzel Month
National Bake Week (beginning the first Monday of April)
National Egg Salad Week (beginning the second week in April)