National Blueberry Pie Day:
Every year on April 28th, National Blueberry Pie Day heralds in the blueberry pie-making season.
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Why National Blueberry Pie Day?
Blueberry harvesting begins in April and continues until September, providing us with a lengthy season of blueberry enjoyment.
Since the arrival of early American settlers, we have enjoyed blueberries in pies. The first documented recipe for blueberry pie was published in the Appledore Cook Book in 1872. Maine has an abundance of blueberries, so it’s no wonder that blueberry pie is the state’s official dessert. Because of Elizabeth Coleman White’s observations and Dr. Frederick V. Coville’s studies, this previously wild berry became domesticated in the early 1900s. Wild blueberries have never been successfully transplanted and raised in any farming operation, either for personal or commercial production, prior to their efforts. Actually Fresh blueberries could only be found where they naturally grew.
Today, producers and individual gardeners bring these exceptionally delicious berries to fruition. These colorful berries provide a vitamin and health benefit punch from farm to table or farmer to grocer to you. They make an excellent snack on their own or to complement a meal, as well as outstanding desserts or sauces.
How Can We Observe National Blueberry Pie Day:
Here is a list of interesting ways by which you can observe National Blueberry Pie Day:
- Visit a blueberry patch: During harvest season, many family farms around the country are open for visitors to come in with buckets in hand and choose their berry stock. Rather than simply purchasing a carton of berries from the produce section, you will be supporting a local business and learning about the origins of the berries.
- Prepare a pie: On this holiday, there is one simple requirement that you must complete: eat a slice of blueberry pie. Why not go through the entire process of making your own? Here’s a hint: To avoid a sloppy pie, mix a little cornstarch into your blueberries before baking.
- Make a friend happy: You must know someone who could benefit from a little spring cheer. Baking two pies will not take any extra time, and you will be able to assist another person in celebrating the occasion with you. You might even make a new buddy in the neighborhood!
And yes, don’t forget to upload photos of your beautiful pies and short videos of the pie-making process on social media with #NationalBlueberryPieDay or #BlueberryPieDay.
Interesting National Blueberry Pie Day:
Here are some interesting blueberry facts to brighten your day!
- Michigan blueberry growers produce more than 110 million pounds of blueberries each year, making it the top in blueberry production.
- The majority of Michigan’s blueberry farms are located in West Michigan’s Lower Peninsula along Lake Michigan. The sandy soil and climate, which are regulated by the lake, are ideal for berry cultivation.
- Blueberries have been consumed for over 13,000 years.
- Blueberries were dubbed “star fruits” by indigenous peoples in North America due to the five-pointed star shape created at the blossom end of the berry.
- Blueberry is one of the few foods that are blue by nature. The pigment that gives blueberries their characteristic color, anthocyanin, is the same chemical that gives blueberries incredible health advantages.
- Northern European and Scandinavian settlers brought a blueberry pie to the United States. In 1872, the Appledore Cook Book published the first blueberry pie recipe.
- Growing blueberries necessitates a variety of circumstances, including moist soil with precise acidity and pH level.
History Of National Blueberry Pie Day:
Blueberries are not only tasty, but they are also very healthy. When these wonderful small berries are combined and packed into a pie, it is certainly cause for celebration! According to what some experts have discovered, the manufacturing of Blueberry Pie most likely occurred in the mid-nineteenth century.
Blueberry Pie appears to have originally appeared in a cookbook in 1872, utilizing wild blueberries grown in Maine, USA. However, the term “blueberry pie” may have first appeared in print about 50 years earlier, in the New England Farmer Journal in 1829. The Civil War may have played a role in popularising blueberries (and thus blueberry pie) across greater areas. Soldiers developed a liking for wild blueberries after tasting them for the first time in Maine, and they brought them home with them to other states.
Blueberry Pie Day is now observed by chefs, restaurants, bakeries, culinary experts, and pie lovers all around the United States–and even in certain parts of the rest of the world!