National Pepper Pot Day in The Villages FL

National Pepper Pot Day in The Villages FL

National Pepper Pot Day is celebrated every year on December 29th.

It is meant to celebrate a soup that was nicknamed ‘The Soup That Won The War.’ The war here refers to the American Revolutionary War for independence from Britain.

The Philadelphia Pepper Pot soup is a thick soup made up of beef tripe, whatever vegetables are available, and of course, peppercorns.

This peppery soup has a long history and probably originates from the Caribbean.

It was brought over to America by enslaved people, who later sold the soup out in the streets.

HISTORY OF NATIONAL PEPPER POT DAY

The Philadelphia Pepper Pot soup was not unknown before the American Revolutionary War (also known as the American War for Independence). This thick soup made of tripe, vegetables and seasoned heavily with pepper could have been brought to the U.S. by people enslaved from the Caribbean Islands.

The soup was made popular by African-American Philadelphians who would sell it right out in the street. The traditional recipe is said to have had cassava as well as the soup thickener.

According to popular retellings of the story, the Pepper Pot soup became central to the American Revolutionary War efforts because of Christopher Ludwig. He was the baker general of the Continental Army and a German immigrant to Philadelphia.

The baker worked in Philadelphia, which is likely how he knew the food of the city. He was a staunch supporter of the American Revolution and was a great friend of President George Washington. Christopher Ludwig was even given a certificate of conduct due to his service to the army. His efforts were invaluable and appreciated so much that his certificate was handwritten by President Washington himself.

During the war, in 1777, the winters were harsh, and the farmers refused to sell food to the Continental army, and instead sold it to the British. Christopher Ludwig was the baker general, which meant that his primary task was to bake bread for the troops. But in this scenario, with no grain to eat insight and faced with the prospect of starvation, George Washington put Christopher Ludwig in charge of feeding his men. And Christopher Ludwig presented the Pepper Pot soup.

This soup was what the army ate to survive that winter, and it’s how it earned the nickname ‘The Soup That Won The War.’

HOW TO CELEBRATE NATIONAL PEPPER POT DAY?

  • Make your version
    Pick a recipe online and make your very own version of the soup that won the war!
  • Visit Philadelphia
    Nothing like the real deal. Head over and grab a bowlful of the authentic stuff!
  • Host a lunch
    And have your guests bring their versions of the pepper pot soup.

5 FACTS ABOUT NATIONAL PEPPER POT DAY THAT WILL BLOW YOUR MIND

  1. Famous paintings also feature the soup
    John Lewis Krimmel’s 1811 painting included the soup.
  2. It’s in a book about Harriet Tubman
    This book by Catherine Clinton is called “Road to Freedom.”
  3. The Army became better after 1778
    Surviving the winter on the soup let the army train and become more disciplined.
  4. Guyana has a similar dish
    It’s one of the national dishes of Guyana.
  5. Black women sold it first
    Christopher Ludwig had a taste in Philadelphia streets then remembered the soup in the harsh winter.

WHY WE CELEBRATE NATIONAL PEPPER POT DAY

  • We love a hearty soup
    In the winter, there’s nothing like a thick bowl of soup to warm you up!
  • We want to eat the soup that won a war
    With a history like that, the soup has got to be special, correct?
  • We love celebrating the country’s diverse food
    And does it get more diverse than an adaptation of a soup from the West Indies by a German immigrant?

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