Each year, National Julienne Fries Day on August 12th everyone fries up skinny sliced potatoes for a delicious and crunchy treat.  

Cut into thin, uniform matchsticks, julienne fries tend to be crispier and are often called “shoestring fries.” It’s no surprise that this delicate and precise cut is a French favorite. Just look to the 1722 edition of Francois Massialot’s Le Cuisinier Royal et Bourgeoi for the oldest known written reference to the julienne cut.  


Although no one knows the origin of the julienne cut, Eneas Dallas in the book Kettner’s Book of the Table written in 1877, analyzes the origins of the julienne cut. One recipe interests him. It’s called Julienne Soup. The recipe calls for all the vegetables,(such as turnips, carrots, potatoes), to be cut into long strips or straws. Another recipe may share a clue. A woodsorrel soup recipe required two cuts to be made on each leaf. Not one or three, but two. By doing so would create a trefoil or a trinity, which would be significant to some Christian or superstitious cooks.  

According to Dallas, the people of Europe knew the woodsorrel by many names. In France, it was known as La petite oseille and surelle (among many others). In England it was called stubwort, sour trefoil, cuckoo’s meat. Another interesting name for the woodsorrel was Alleluia or Allelujah. By this name also it was found in Italy and Spain. The word would often become corrupted or manipulated. For example, the scientific name for woodsorrel is Conserva Lajulce. Dallas carries this point to Italy where the name becomes Juliola.

Dallas also suggests that when woodsorrel is cooked, the leaves cook away. The soup leaves only the twigs or the representative julienne cuts.

Despite all these possibilities, National Julienne Fries Day promotes noshing, not superstitions. However, sharing the origins may impress your friends. 

HOW TO OBSERVE #JulienneFriesDay

Slice up some potatoes and fry them up. Or go to your favorite restaurant and order some. Use #JulienneFriesDay to post on social media.


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