Fruit Cocktail: A reverie
Tomorrow, May 13, is National Fruit Cocktail Day. It’s a good time to pay homage to one of the classic canned fruit products: the combination of chopped peaches (it’s always mostly peaches, isn’t it?), pears, a few grapes and bright pink cherries. Fruit cocktail packed in a thick and sugary syrup was many Americans’ introduction to fruit, once they graduated past the Gerber baby food purees.
So who invented this famous cocktail? And is the story true that the product was created to make use of scraps of fruit that weren’t big enough or good enough to be used in other cans of fruit?
Believe it or not: Yes.