National Peach Melba Day:
Celebrated annually on every 13th January, the National Peach Melba Day honors a juicy peach dessert that is adored, enjoyed, and passed down from generation to generation! This simple, sweet combination of peaches and ice cream doesn’t fail to please the young and the old! If you haven’t heard or tasted this dessert before, today is the perfect day to dig into this classic!
|2021||13th January||Wednesday||United States|
|2022||13th January||Thursday||United States|
|2023||13th January||Friday||United States|
Related: Other National Days Celebrated on January 13th:
Why Peach Melba Day?
Peach Melba is a dessert that can be dated back to the late 19th century. It is a masterpiece created by Auguste Escoffier, a famous French chef in the 1890s during his employment at Savoy Hotel, London.
Escoffier was known to offer lavish feasts that often included 11 courses and even more famous for naming his creations after celebrities. He created this dessert exclusively for Dame Nellie Melba, an Australian opera singer who was a global sensation! Thus the name Peach Melba!
To create Peach Melba, Escoffier sliced some poached peaches into half, topped it with Vanilla ice cream, and finally some Raspberry sauce.
But originally, the dessert was named “Peche Au Cygne” translated as “Peach Swan” and did not include raspberry sauce, but was served with an eye-catching ice sculpture of a swan and spun sugar topping!
Only after a few years, the dessert was named “Peach Melba” when Escoffier drizzled raspberry sauce to celebrate the grand opening of the Ritz Carlton in London!
This world-renowned opera soprano was born Hellen Porter Mitchel and took up the stage name Melba in honor of Melbourne, her hometown! Her singing achieved great admiration and soon she was performing for the rest of the world. In the year 1927, she earned the title of the British Empire’s Dame Grand Cross and thus the “Dame” in her stage name!
Peach Melba can be prepared with endless combinations. You could shuffle between the various ice cream flavors, fruit varieties, and sauces to suit your palate!
How Can We Observe National Peach Melba Day?
- Dig into some Peach Melba
Well, it’s National Peach Melba Day so start by digging into some Peach Melba with friends and family today!
- Follow Escoffier’s original recipe
Make some Peach Melba for your loved ones by following the Escoffier’s original recipe!
- Throw a Peach Melba feast!
Invite people over for a Peach Melba feast at your home or nearest restaurant! Share the Peach Melba story and some Melba’s music as you feast on your Peach Melba!
- Get creative with your Peach Melba
Get creative with your Peach Melba by poaching different fruits and matching them with different flavors of ice cream! Well, you could add as many scoops you’d like and try it with different syrups today! Have fun naming each one after one of them in your family or friends!
- Share a few peach Melbas
Share a few peach Melbas with your colleagues at work and also the less fortunate at the children’s home and the homeless shelters.
- Enjoy Peach Melba all-day
Have Peach Melba for breakfast, lunch, and dinner to commemorate the National Peach Melba Day!
- Share your Peach Melba love on social media!
Share your favorite Peach Melba pictures, recipes, and stories with friends and family on social media today! Use #NationalPeachMelbaDay and #PeachMelbaDay to share all your posts today!
Interesting Facts About National Peach Melba Day:
Here are some Peach Melba Facts that might interest you!
- Dame Nellie Melba was hesitant to enjoy Escoffier’s Peach Melba as she worried that ice cream would injure her vocal cords. But the Raspberry sauce came to the rescue as it warmed the ice cream for her to cherish it without risking her voice
- Dame Nellie Melba often performed as an opera soprano in Metropolitan Opera, New York, and Covet Garden in London
- Escoffier also created a low-calorie toast for a Melba’s weight gain famously cherished as the Melba toast
- Many versions of dessert are created similar to Peach Melba using fruits such as apricots, strawberries, and pears as an alternative for Peaches. The raspberry sauce can be substituted with red currant melted jelly or other sauces to top your dessert!
History of National Peach Melba Day:
Although the Peach Melab has existed since the 1980s, it is disheartening to say that the founder and the origin of the National Peach Melba Day are unknown. We can only deduce that this day must have been created by someone who is an ardent fan of Peach Melba or a fan of this dessert and Dame Nellie Melba as well!