National Brandied Fruit Day is celebrated every year on October 20th by all lovers of branded fruits. Branded fruits are obtained by soaking fresh fruits in brandy with spices and sugar, and are often used as a filling or for decorating cakes, desserts, and pies.
The origin of National Brandied Fruit Day is not exactly known, but branded fruit has a rich history of its own. In 1313, it was customary in France to use brandy as a medicine and the alcohol itself was called the “water of life.” Brandy has antibacterial properties which helps with flu and colds. In 1797, George Washington launched the commercial distillation of brandy with the help of Scottish farmer James Anderson. Since the 19th century, fruit brandy has become popular all over the world, as well as branded fruits. It was discovered that such fruits did not decompose during storage and were stored longer. The most popular fruits for preservation in brandy are apples, cherries, peaches, grapes, and blueberries.
- In 1780, the oldest US distillery, Applejack, was established in New Jersey.
- The word “brandy” comes from the Dutch “brandewijn”, meaning “burnt wine”.
- To create brandied fruits, they must be infused in alcohol for at least 30 days.
How to take part
Try making your own fruit cognac or canning your favorite fruit with brandy; recipes are available online. Also, on the occasion of the holiday, visit a restaurant in your city where dishes are served with fruit canned in cognac. A photo of the finished dish with this product can be published on your social media page with the hashtag #NationalBrandiedFruitDay.
When is National Brandied Fruit Day Celebrated in 2022?
National Brandied Fruit Day is devoted to celebrating cheerfulness and fun. It happens annually on October the 20th.