Pie Thru The Ages

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Pie Thru The Ages

Pie Thru The Ages

By: Lilli Welborn & Alyssa Muellner

Over the years, pie has evolved to become what it is today 'the most traditional American dessert'. Pie has become so much a part of American culture throughout the years, that we now commonly use the term 'as American as apple pie'

The term “upper crust” refers to early America when the economy was difficult and supplies were hard to come by. Only affluent households could afford the ingredients for both the upper and lower crusts of a pie.

The wealthy English were known for their “Surprise Pies” in which live creatures would pop out when the pie was cut open.

The first pies were filled with meat and called "coffins" which means "basket" or "box."

Pie has been around since the ancient Egyptians. The first pies were made by early Romans who may have learned about it through the Greeks. These pies were sometimes made in “reeds” which were used for the sole purpose of holding the filling and not for eating with the filling.

Other names for a pie are pastie, oggie, piraski, piragie, patty and pierogi. More common names include: streusel, tart, turnover and crumble

Approximately $700 million in pies (about 186 million units) are sold in grocery stores each year. This does not include restaurants, bakeries or food service. If you lined up the number of pies sold at U.S. grocery stores in one year, they would circle the globe and then some.

Apple pies or tarts have shown up, in one form or another, since the Middle Ages.

Shoo-fly pie is a wet-bottom molasses pie that was originally used to sit on windowsills to attract flies away from the kitchen

In 1657, Lord Oliver Cromwell of England decided that the drinking and overeating associated with Christmas was downright pagan. He ordered his soldiers to confiscate any food, including the traditional mincemeat pie, that was connected to the holiday.


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