June 17, 2020 – National Eat Your Vegetables Day | National Apple Strudel Day

Transcript for June 17th

Welcome to June 17th, 2020 on the National Day Calendar.  Today we celebrate the goods on the good stuff .  More after the break from Marlo Anderson.

Science has given us loads of cool facts on the importance of vitamins and minerals in our diet and the good news is that vegetables meet many of our daily needs.  If you live near a farmer’s market, count yourself lucky.  Peak flavor and freshness can make veggies appealing to even the pickiest eaters, so you may not have to hide the sweet potatoes in a brownie recipe. Did you ever have to do that with your kids Anna?  On National Eat Your Vegetables Day it’s ok to celebrate your love of the good stuff that’s good for you too.  No one will accuse you of being too grown up.

And now that you have finished your vegetables, it’s okay to have some dessert. And today I am thinking about apple strudel.  The German word “strudel” literally means “swirl” which makes sense if you think of its “whirlpool” shape. This flaky, fruit-filled pastry was created in 1696 and became very popular during the Habsburg Dynasty. While you may already know that apple strudel is one of Austria’s most famous dishes, it may surprise you to learn that this dessert is also the official state pastry of Texas. That’s because German settlers brought strudel to America and the thin, delicate layers of dough and sweet, tart apple filling won over a whole new generation.  On National Apple Strudel Day, celebrate the dessert that’s fit for a king. A whole empire, actually. 

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