Easy as Pie
From the all-American apple to the fall flavors of pumpkin, pies are a culinary staple across the nation. These popular pastries appear at the pinnacle of potlucks, picnics, and parties, making any meal just a little sweeter. Join The StickerTalk as we survey a slice of the pie’s flavorful history.
- Pies were crafted and enjoyed in the ancient world. Many scholars credit the ancient Greeks with the invention of the sweet treat; however, the Romans proved especially fond of the dessert as did the Egyptians who carved images of pie into the walls of royal tombs.
- While pie may seem merely an innocent indulgence today, Oliver Cromwell, a major British political leader in the seventeenth century, banned pies because he considered them to be directly related to pagan enjoyment. This pastry ban caused pie bakers and eaters to establish a sort of black market that throve until the ban was lifted at the beginning of the Restoration.
- Several American holidays honor the delicious dessert. Both December 1 and January 23 are National Pie Day, April 27 is National Blueberry Pie Day, and September 28 is National Strawberry Pie Day.