May 14 celebrate the US as a national day of buttermilk biscuits (Engl. National Buttermilk Biscuit Day). Reason enough to give this culinary occasion its own contribution to the calendar of curious holidays from all over the world. The following lines shed light on what this Food Holiday is all about in the form of pastries, which in the United States are primarily served as an accompaniment to fried chicken and coleslaw. Good Appetite.
Who Started National Buttermilk Biscuit Day?
Unfortunately, as with so many other American culinary holidays, National Biscuit Day does not seem to have put too much effort into documenting its origins.
A large part of the popular online calendars honor this special day of the Buttermilk Biscuit Day with their own contribution on May 14th, but these publications do not provide information on a possible initiator or the exact year of foundation (see also the list of further links below ). But that’s a well-known problem with many food holidays from the United States.
On closer inspection, however, this inconclusive research is astonishing. Because if you look at the available sources, a serious lead leads to the American blogger John-Bryan Hopkins and his project foodimentary.com. A real authority on food holidays. After all, Hopkins has launched numerous culinary holidays of his own since 2005/2006, which he has presented in a collected form on his blog since 2010.
The earliest version of the Buttermilk Biscuit Day at Hopkins dates back to May 14, 2012, although it is not entirely clear whether this is actually the first edition of this culinary occasion. The data from Google Trends suggests that the search term National Buttermilk Biscuit Day generated the first relevant interest in organic search as early as July 2006.
The fact that the food blogger is the initiator of this event is also underlined by the entry in Hopkins’ book Foodimentary published in 2017 (see there, p. 80 and the list of further links below). The book version dispenses with the addition National, which is common in the online area. In the print edition, however, this shortening seems to have been an editorial decision by the publisher. After all, it makes little sense that all the culinary events gathered there begin with the same letter N (national) (see also the list of related links below).
Why does US National Buttermilk Biscuit Day fall on May 14th?
On the other hand, in the course of the research for the present article, I was unable to find out why the initiators chose May 14 as the date of the US National Day of Buttermilk Biscuits. Hopkin’s post on foodimentary.com does not provide any further information on this aspect either.
Rather, Hopkins has pointed out in several interviews that the occasions of this culinary collection are placed either according to seasonal reference or the existing gaps in the calendar. This against the background that at the start of foodimentary.com he could only find 200 well-known food holidays and filled the remaining days with his own holidays (see also the list of related links below).
Whereby there is a possible reference to the day of the yellow roses, also celebrated today in South Korea (English Yellow Day – korean. 로즈 데이), the day of hiking in Germany, the US underground American Day or the day of the duck dance (engl. National Chicken Dance Day).
Kitchen Knowledge: Five Curious Facts About Buttermilk Biscuits
- As a European or British, you shouldn’t be fooled by the term biscuit. While in our latitudes this means more (sweet) biscuits or pastries (English cookies), the Americans understand this to be more of a type of (sweet) bread.
- Buttermilk biscuits are a popular accompaniment to a whole range of typical dishes, especially in the southern United States. As a side dish, they are usually served with salted butter, but they are also very popular for breakfast – with syrup, honey or jam.
- The food appeared in the United States shortly before the American Civil War as a cheap or filling alternative in the menu of American kitchens and households.
- It is therefore not surprising that the inventor Alexander P. Ashbourne received the US patent for the first biscuit cutter on May 11, 1875 .
- In contrast, the first frozen biscuits did not hit US supermarkets until 1931. The patent for holding the Ballard and Ballard (see also the article on the day of frozen food (Engl. National Frozen Food Day) on March 6).
With this in mind: Enjoy your meal and a great National Buttermilk Biscuit Day to all of you.