Fruit Cocktail Day: Origins and myths behind the San Jose creation

Fruit cocktail — a mix of diced peaches and pears, pineapple tidbits, grapes and cherries — was created in San Jose in the 1930s. (Sal Pizarro/Bay Area News Group)

National Fruit Cocktail Day was Thursday, which provided a good a reason as any to dive into the history of the staple of school lunches everywhere, which was invented in San Jose during the heyday of the Valley of Heart’s Delight.

• The Ainsley cannery in Campbell sold a “fruit salad” under the Golden Morn brand starting in 1893, but the 1930 creation of fruit cocktail is credited to Herbert Gray of Barron-Gray Packing

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