The internet is full of fabulous facts about everything from current events to the history basket weaving and pie fun facts. As we research for our daily content on food trucks, food carts and street food, we stumble upon some items of knowledge that we just did not know.

We have decided when these fun facts pop up, that we would share them with our readers in our section titled “Did You Know?”

For today’s Did You Know we will look at Pie fun facts.

Pie Fun Facts: Approx. $700 million in pies are sold in grocery stores every year. This does not include restaurants, only grocery stores. If you lined up the number of pies sold in one year, they would circle the globe.

  • Pumpkin pie was first introduced to the holiday table at the pilgrim’s second Thanksgiving in 1623.
  • Oliver Cromwell banned the eating of pie in 1644, declaring it a pagan form of pleasure. For 16 years, pie eating and making went underground until the Restoration leaders lifted the ban on pie in 1660.
  • Pie was not always America’s favorite dessert – in the 19th Century, fruit pies were a common breakfast food eaten before the start of a long day.
  • The Ancient Egyptians around 2,500BC are known to have eaten pies made with ground oats or wheat wrapped around a filling of honey or figs.
  • 47% of Americans for whom the word “comforting” comes to mind when they think of pie.
  • 1 in 5 Americans have claimed to have eaten an entire pie by themselves.
  • 9% Americans who prefer to eat their pie crust-first.
  • 18% of men who say their wife makes the best homemade pie while 2% of women who say their husband makes the best homemade pie.
  • “As easy as pie” is an American expression. In the 1890’s, “pie” was a common slang expression meaning anything easy, a cinch; the expression “easy as pie” stemmed quite readily from that.
  • Boston Cream Pie is a cake, not a pie.

Key Dates

  • Pie is so special it has two days: December 1st and January 23rd are National Pie Day.
  • April 28th is National Blueberry Pie Day.
  • June 9th is National Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie Day.
  • September 28th is National Strawberry Pie Day.
  • October 23 is National Boston Cream Pie Day.

Pie Fun Facts We Missed

Let us know if we missed any pie fun facts in the comment section or our food truck forum. If we can verify the facts we will give the reader credit in the article.

Reference: Wikipedia: Fun Facts about Pie.

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