National Rhubarb Pie Day?

National Pie Day was created in 1986 by The American Pie Council.  This date was chosen to commemorate Crisco’s 75th anniversary.  The American Pie Counsel sponsors Pie related events through out the year, and holds the biggest pie contest – The National Pie Championship.  The National Pie Championship is where chefs compete for the best pie award from the Council.  For more information on The American Pie Council you can visit their website at

National Pie Day was created to give pie lovers and pie bakers another excuse to appreciate and make or gift a pie.  Some bakeries even have pie sales on this day.  Restaurants and bakeries also hold pie baking contests and give away free pie.

Some people consider this day to be National Rhubarb Pie Day also. Rhubarb is a red vegetable that become available in spring, so its weird to give it a holiday in the bleak of Winter.  But it is speculated people who’s favorite Pie is Rhubarb Pie just refer to this holiday as Rhubarb Pie Day.

I however bought frozen rhubarb which wound up being a very good brand incase anyone ever need rhubarb out of season:

I love Rhubarb, and I figured if some people consider it National Rhubarb Pie Day I may as well kill two birds with one stone and make a Rhubarb Pie to celebrate National Pie Day.  Despite the frozen fruit it came out deeeeelicious!

The first use of the word pie was in 1303.  A pie can be a main course or dessert, made out of meat, vegetable, or fruit.  So long as there is a crust and innards.  The first pies were savory with meat, and a common well known meal by 1362.  Fruit pies appeared in common cookbooks the 19th century.  Pie crust was originally not eaten, but simply used to hold in the filling.

The pie comes from a pie like food from Ancient Rome and Ancient Greece.  It was an inedible crust made of reeds, filled with goat cheese and honey.  Meat Pies (although not by that name) became big in the 12th century.  Crust was refereed to as coffyn, like coffin, because they just held the food and were not eaten.  Fruit pies came about in the 1500’s and the first Cherry pie is attributed to being created by Queen Elizabeth I.  The pie, however, wasn’t a common food until a few centuries later.  The term coffin was changed to the word crust during the American Revolution time, when pie became popular in America, and became a cultural food for America. “As American as Apple Pie.”