National Ambrosia Day:
Celebrated on December 12th, the National Ambrosia Day celebrates a Greek mythological food “Ambrosia” also called the “food of the gods”. Whether you like it as dessert or side dish, the Ambrosia is certainly a delight for any of you food lovers out there!
|2020||12th December||Saturday||United States|
|2021||12th December||Sunday||United States|
|2022||12th December||Monday||United States|
Related: Other National Days Celebrated on December 12th:
Why Ambrosia Day?
Ambrosia is a creamy fruit salad! As per Greek mythology, a similar recipe was considered to be a deity- food and was eaten by Greek gods to give them a long life! Not sure if it does the same for us, but who knows, you could try!
Ambrosia is believed to be an American Dish that can be traced back to the 19th century and is very popular with the Southern Americans. However, the dish was not mentioned in print, not until 1932.
The recipe for Ambrosia began appearing in cookbooks during the late 1800s. It was also a time where citrus fruits were available easily in the markets across all the states. The recipe was very simple and was prepared with only orange slices, coated with sugar and coconut in a glass bowl. Many versions came into existence and thereby came contradictions too, as some cookbooks recommended the use of canned coconut and another stating not to use it for Ambrosia.
In recent times, Ambrosia is made using a couple of citrus fruits such as Pineapples, oranges or mandarin oranges, and coated with sugar and coconut! Marshmallows are added to give delight to the already delightful dish! However, Ambrosia is not just limited to citrus type. Many folks add other fruits and tend to add crushed pecans and cream to give it an extra creamy flavor as well as texture. You could choose between yogurt, sour cream, and whipped cream to make your Ambrosia!
The salad is then refrigerated for a couple of hours or overnight to give it a perfect texture! But traditionally Ambrosia calls for freshly cut fruits and served fresh! For a good crunch, add the marshmallows before serving as they could get mushy when refrigerated.
Some traditional recipes in the south include banana, cherries, raisins and nuts, grapefruits, and pineapples!
Packed with vitamin C and creamy coconut and sugar coating, Ambrosia Day reminds you of yet another heavenly dish that can be added for your Christmas Dinner or the rest of the year!
Being a simple dish, yet heavy with cream, it is often a confusion whether to serve it as a dessert or a side dish! Whichever category you want to enjoy it as don’t miss to have Ambrosia today!
How Can We Celebrate National Ambrosia Day?
- Have Ambrosia today!
Celebrate Ambrosia Day by having Ambrosia today as breakfast, lunch, snack, or dinner! If you can’t make it at home, have them from your favorite cafes or diners today!
- Make Ambrosia today!
Put your Chef’s hat and start prepping this creamy, soothing dessert! Include your favorite fruits if you don’t want it all to be ‘citrusy’! Add some coconut sugar cream and a dash of sour cream! Top them with Marshmallows and Ta-Da delicious Ambrosia is ready to be served! You could try the Hawaiian Ambrosia, Whipped Cream Ambrosia, Pistachio Ambrosia, Orange Jello Ambrosia, and many others today!
- Throw an Ambrosia Party!
Celebrate the National Ambrosia Day with a party!!! Invite friends and family to bring their version of Ambrosia! It’s also a perfect way to show off your Ambrosia! I know that’s a little Shady – sinful nature.
- Create your version of Ambrosia!
The National Ambrosia day also reminds you to get creative with this mythical dessert! Experiment with different ingredients and share your unique version with all the Ambrosia lovers on social media!
- Celebrate this mythical dessert on Social Media!
Celebrate Ambrosia Day by sharing pictures of your ‘Ambrosia’ using hashtags #NationalAmbrosiaDay,#AmbrosiaDay on all your social media pages!
Interesting Facts About National Ambrosia Day:
Here are some interesting facts about Ambrosia to add to your celebrations!
- To retain Ambrosia’s crisp texture it is refrigerated!
- “True” Ambrosia contains coconut!
- Greek mythology states that the greek gods ate or drank Ambrosia to maintain their immortal nature
- There is an apple variety named Ambrosia too. It was a result of unintentional breeding among the other apple trees technically called ‘chance seedling’.
- Ambrosia need not include Ambrosia apples
History Of National Ambrosia Day:
The founder and the origin of National Ambrosia Day remains a mystery as its mythical roots. This day is celebrated across the US as a fun food holiday!