Great American Pies Month

Although there are a variety of different pies enjoyed all across the U.S., the humble apple pie is one of the most popular ones. Of course, that shouldn’t surprise anyone considering that the phrase “As American as apple pie” is a very common phrase uttered all across the country. The pies that follow apple pie’s popularity differ from one part of the country to another, however.

For example, in Maine and Massachusetts, blueberry pie is extremely popular. In Illinois and Indiana, cherry pie is extremely popular, and in California, it’s all about the pumpkin pie. Regardless of what pie is served up, there is one thing for certain: it’s ready to be served up in February for Great American Pie Month. Let’s all grab a slice!

The History of Great American Pie Month

This month was first created by Crisco in 1990 as a way to raise awareness about their product. Crisco is an ingredient that’s often used in pie crusts, so it’s not surprising that they would launch this month. What’s surprising is that this month would become as popular as it has become. Since its inception, it’s been observed every year without fail.

Tasty Facts About Pies

Anyone looking for more pie-related information is going to want to stick around because we’ve assembled a list of some of our favorite pie-related facts below.

  • Pies date back over 8,000 years. The first pie was made in Egypt during the Neolithic Period.
  • During the Middle Ages, pie crusts (called coffyns at the time) were used to bake savory fillings such as poultry.
  • Located along U.S. Highway 60 in Catron County, New Mexico, is a town called Pie Town.
  • Besides apple pie, other pies loved in the U.S. include pumpkin, chocolate, and cherry.

Observing Great American Pie Month

In our humble opinion, the best way to observe this month is by heading into the kitchen and whipping up a pie — whatever pie makes you the happiest. For us, that might be a nice sweet potato or banana cream pie, but for other people, it might be a tasty lemon meringue or key lime pie.

Of course, if a person doesn’t have faith in their own pie-making abilities, then they can choose to buy a pie instead of baking their own. It doesn’t really matter, just as long as the pie is enjoyed. Since there are 28 days in the month, there is also the possibility of having a different pie each day. Anyone who does this, however, is probably going to need to go on a diet in March.

When is it?
This year (2024)
February 1 Thursday
Next year (2025)
February 1 Saturday
Last year (2023)
February 1 Wednesday
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