National Peach Melba Day - January 13
Sat, Jan 13, 2024

National Peach Melba Day

National Peach Melba Day is an American holiday dedicated to an amazing dessert called Peach Melba. It is celebrated annually on January 13th.


There is no reliable data on the history of the origin of Peach Melba Day. There are many interesting stories about the appearance of the dessert. It doesn’t matter which one is the only true one. The most important thing is that today we can enjoy the great taste of this dessert.

There are various recipes for the dish. In one, for example, pieces of peach and a scoop of vanilla ice cream are laid out next to each other, and everything is poured on top with raspberry sauce. Another recipe involves mixing all the ingredients in a glass. You can chop nuts or add pieces of fresh fruit to the dish.

The history of the dessert, oddly enough, is associated with an opera singer – Helen Mitchell. While studying vocal skills in Germany, she took on the pseudonym “Nelli Melba”. She later moved to London, where she often dined at a restaurant. The chef of the establishment was called Auguste Escoffier. He was originally from France and was distinguished by a creative approach to cooking. Helen sent him an invitation to one of her performances. The next day, the chef prepared an amazing dessert. Fresh pieces of peaches were laid out on vanilla ice cream, and sauce was poured on top. All this was placed on an ice stand in the shape of a swan.

After 9 years, Escoffier cooked this dish again at the opening day of the Ritz Carlton hotel. The recipe remained the same, but the ice figure was removed. The chef gave it the name Pêche Melba, giving the whole world such a simple but very tasty dish.

Interesting facts

  • All author’s dishes of Auguste Escoffier bore the names of star people who were visitors to his restaurant.
  • One medium-sized peach contains about 400 kcal.
  • Peaches contain many nutrients, they are rich in vitamins A and C.

How to celebrate

Go to a restaurant for this dessert on National Peach Melba Day. If you love to cook, you can please your family and friends with a wonderful dish. The dessert is prepared very simply, but its taste cannot leave anyone indifferent.

Share information about the holiday on social networks. Discuss with other users your favorite version of the dessert, tell us the secrets of cooking.

When is National Peach Melba Day celebrated in 2024?

National Peach Melba Day is observed on January 13 each year.


Weekday Month Day Year
Saturday January 13 2024
Monday January 13 2025
Tuesday January 13 2026
Wednesday January 13 2027

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