National Ambrosia Day
annually on December 12th
Ambrosia is a name for the food or drink of the gods in Greek mythology, which was said to bring immortality to those who consumed it. Although ambrosia salad probably won't bring immortality like the mythological ambrosia, it is what is celebrated today. Ambrosia is a fruit salad usually made up of pineapple, oranges, miniature marshmallows, and coconut. Various other fruits can be used to make it, as well as crushed pecans, and creams such as whipped cream, sour cream, or yogurt. After being made it is chilled in a refrigerator before being served. It is an American dish that is thought to have originated in the late nineteenth century, although it was not first found in print until 1932. It is most popular in the South.