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  • Writer's pictureJulia Bandel

Happy National Pi, or is it "Pie" Day!

Happy National Pi Day, everyone! Today we celebrate two things: the mathematical constant pi and the scrumptious pies that we all know and love. While pi is an important mathematical concept, we are always on the lookout for ways to make lives better, and pies are a beloved dessert that has been enjoyed by people for centuries.

Pies come in many different shapes and sizes, and they can be sweet or savory. Some popular sweet pies include apple, blueberry, cherry, pumpkin, and pecan. Savory pies can be made with ingredients like chicken, beef, vegetables, or even seafood. Pies can also be made with a variety of crusts, from flaky and buttery to crispy and crumbly.


In addition to being a delicious dessert, pies also have cultural and historical significance.

Here are some examples of cultural uses of pies:

  1. British Culture: The traditional mince pie is a popular dessert served during the Christmas season, while the steak and kidney pie is a beloved savory pie enjoyed while watching football matches.

  2. American Culture: Apple pie is considered a symbol of American culture and is often associated with patriotism.

  3. Australian Culture: The meat pie is a popular dish in Australian culture and is often served with tomato sauce. In fact, meat pies are so beloved in Australia that they are often referred to as the country's national dish.

  4. Greek Culture: In Greek cuisine, spinach pie (spanakopita) and cheese pie (tyropita) are popular dishes that are often served as appetizers or snacks. These savory pies are made with phyllo dough and a filling of spinach and feta cheese or a mixture of cheeses, respectively.

  5. Jamaican Culture: The Jamaican patty is a type of meat pie that is popular in Jamaican cuisine. It is made with a spicy meat filling, often beef, and is served as a snack or a meal.

These are just a few examples of how pies have played a role in various cultures and traditions around the world. Pies are a delicious and versatile dish that can be enjoyed in many different ways, and they continue to be a beloved food item in many cultures today.


Pies have also made appearances in literature and pop culture. We all know the nursery rhyme "Sing a Song of Sixpence" which mentions a pie containing 24 blackbirds, and the TV show Friends where character Rachel Green makes a Thanksgiving dessert called "mockolate," which turns out to be a shepherd's pie.

Pies, and Pi's, are everywhere! So, whether you're a fan of sweet or savory, today is the perfect day to celebrate National Pi Day by indulging in a delicious pie. Bake your favorite recipe at home, visit a local bakery to try something new, or click the photo below to check out a list of recipes from The Pioneer Woman. Regardless of how you do it, we can all take a moment to appreciate the sweet and savory goodness of a freshly baked pie and the joy it brings to our lives!

82 Best Pie Recipes to Make When You Want a Slice for Dessert - Ree Drummond "The Pioneer Woman"


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