A Guide to the Celebration of National Pie Day

One of the world's favorite desserts, pie appeals to most people regardless of age, gender, or ethnic background. In the United States and Canada, the most popular pies are: apple, cherry, pumpkin, lemon meringue and chocolate. Pies enjoy a long history in the United States. With the average American eating 6 slices of pie every year, it is only fitting that the United States should dedicate one day out of the year devoted to celebrating pies.

National Pie Day

On January 23, 2010, Americans will celebrate National Pie Day. Created by the American Pie Council in 1986, this commemorative day began in honor of Crisco's 75th anniversary.

Celebrating National Pie Day

National Pie Championships sponsored by the American Pie Council are held throughout the year in various locations across the United States and Canada. Pie contests are held during the year by other organizations as well. There are so many ways to celebrate National Pie Day such as: baking for family and friends, eating all you want, entering a pie making or eating contest, throwing a charity event or auction and making pie with children.

History of Pies

The early Romans were the first known pie-makers. The first published pie recipe was for a goat cheese and honey pie with rye crust. Most early pies were meat pies. It is believed that the first fruit pies, or tarts, were made in the 1500s. The English settlers brought pies with them to America. Since that time, pie has become the most traditional of American desserts.

Pies can be baked, eaten at normal speed, consumed quickly, or thrown. One thing is always the same, however: the pie is the quintessential American dessert. 

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