National Baked Ham with Pineapple Day is an annual American holiday dedicated to a delicious and colorful dish. Very often baked ham with pineapple is prepared for Easter or other holidays. It will be a great decoration of the table and will attract the attention of all the guests. The holiday is celebrated on the first Sunday after the full moon following the March equinox.
The origins of National Baked Ham with Pineapple Day are as unknown as the history of the dish itself. But we do know how the two products that made today’s dish possible came to be!
According to historians, ham was invented in China around 4800 BC. It became widespread among local travelers and traveling traders. In fact, ham is an ordinary pork ham that has been additionally salted and smoked. This method of preparation of ordinary meat allows increasing significantly its shelf life, without losing a significant amount of nutritional elements of the raw product. Distribution in Europe became possible thanks to the development of trade relations with China. In the United States, ham made its way during the colonial era.
Pineapples have been grown since ancient times in what is now South America and adjacent lands. It was used as a food by Native American tribes. European conquerors brought them to Europe. The popularity of pineapples around the world is due to their juicy, bright and refreshing taste.
- Ham was very popular during the wars as a food item for soldiers. This was also due to its long shelf life due to pre-processing.
- Pineapple contains a lot of vitamin C, PP and manganese, it also has B vitamins. Pineapple as a single product is useful only when it is fresh.
How to celebrate
Visit a restaurant or cafe to enjoy a professionally cooked ham with pineapple. You can also test your culinary skills by preparing the dish yourself. You can easily find recipes on the Internet.
Spread the word about the holiday on social media. Ask other users if they often cook or order baked ham with pineapple in catering establishments. When did they first try the dish and what was their impression of it?
When is National Baked Ham with Pineapple Day celebrated in 2023?
National Baked Ham with Pineapple Day is observed every year on the first Sunday after a full moon after March.