National Strawberry Sundae Day

National Strawberry Sundae Day

USDA photo by: Ken Hammond

National Strawberry Sundae Day is celebrated on July 7th of each year.  Though the staff at National Whatever Day has been unable to discover the origin of National Strawberry Sundae Day, we believe it is due to the mass strawberry harvest that seems to happen around this time of year.

Fragaria is a genus of flowering plants in the rose family, Rosaceae, commonly known as strawberries for their edible fruits. Originally straw was used as a mulch in cultivating the plants. There are more than 20 described species and many hybrids and cultivars. The most common strawberries grown commercially are cultivars of the garden strawberry, a hybrid known as Fragaria × ananassa. Strawberries have a taste that varies by cultivar, and ranges from quite sweet to rather tart. Strawberries are an important commercial fruit crop, widely grown in all temperate regions of the world.

The sundae is an ice cream dessert. It typically consists of a scoop of ice cream topped with sauce or syrup, and in some cases other toppings including chopped nuts, sprinkles, strawberries, whipped cream, or maraschino cherries.