May 10 – National Shrimp Day

National Shrimp Day

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Food Facts on Shrimp

  • Shrimp are swimming crustaceans with long narrow muscular abdomens and long antennae. 
  • Shrimp can be prepared using many different cooking methods boiling, grilling, steaming, deep-frying, and stir fry.
  • Shrimp can be eaten as an appetizer or main course and can be served warm or cold.
  • The shrimp industry brings in over 50 billion dollars annually (2010).
  • Romans and Greeks had ready access to very large specimens and enjoyed their shrimp prepared many ways. It has been documented that Shrimp was around  as in prehistoric times.

May 1 – National Chocolate Parfait Day

National Chocolate Parfait Day

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Food Facts on Chocolate Parfaits!

  • A parfait is a layered dish that is usually sweet and traditionally contains whipped cream.
  • Parfaits are desserts, however, savory ingredients can be used.
  • Parfaits are served in tall, transparent glasses and may be made with fruit, chocolate or other ingredients layered alternately with the whipped cream.
  • Local dessert shops and restaurants may hold special promotions or events on National Chocolate Parfait Day.
  • Chocolate originated in Central America, and was first used by natives such as the Aztecs and the Mayans.
  • Local dessert shops and restaurants may hold special promotions or events on National Chocolate Parfait Day.

National Clam on the Half Shell Day – March 31

National Clam on the Half Shell Day

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Facts on Clams  

  • Clams begin as a shellfish the size of a grain of sand when born.
  • There are over 150 different edible species of clams in the world.
  • Clams are a low fat, high protein seafood choice with an above average amount of healthful minerals such as selenium, zinc, iron and magnesium and B vitamins like niacin.
  • Clams can be eaten raw, steamed, boiled, baked or fried; the method of preparation depends partly on the size and species of the clam.
  • The clam has no head, no biting mouthparts and no arms or legs.