National Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Day:
In recognition of the seasonal and delicious strawberry rhubarb pie, National Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Day is celebrated every year on June 9th.
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Why National Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Day?
Rhubarb is a well-known tart vegetable but it can help in the making of some of the most delicious desserts like the Strawberry Rhubarb pie. If you are looking for a fancy dessert for your meal, then mixing up this tart vegetable with the choicest of the fruits, strawberryis just what you need. The pie itself is very seasonal with the rhubarb harvesting period falling from mid-May to early June. Of course with strawberries available in the same season, it is the best combination you could ask for in the summer.
Apart from being the most popular and interesting dessert, the strawberry Rhubarb pie is also a healthy option to include in your meal. Rhubarb is known for absorbing the flavor of other ingredients in a dish and complements any dish with ease. Hence it makes a great pair with strawberries in this yummy dessert. This dessert is therefore worthy of celebration and right in the period when the ingredients are in season, in June.
How can we celebrate National Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Day?
Indulging in your bowl of delicious pie would be a great start to this delicious day. However, there are also other ways you can celebrate the day so that you can cherish them forever.
- As you know the main ingredients Rhubarb and Strawberry are in the season during the celebration of this day. You can, therefore, head over to a local farm near you and harvest these ingredients yourself. Of course, take the help of the experts to know how it is done before trying it out.
- You can make it a little better if you love gardening. Plant your small garden of strawberries so that you can use them the next year to make your pie. Making your pie with ingredients from home will make it even more exciting.
- If you are not sure how to make pies, then you can enroll in a class to learn them. Many daily workshops are teaching you how to make pies. Learn it and you can make your strawberry rhubarb pie and celebrate this day.
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Interesting facts about National Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Day
There are quite a few interesting facts about this day, especially about the two main ingredients of this pie, the strawberry, and the rhubarb.
- It was in the year 1771 when rhubarb was introduced to the East Coast and it was done by none other than Benjamin Franklin.
- The documented cultivation of rhubarb dates back to the 1790s when a gardener in Maine got a rootstock from a country in Europe.
- It was the beginning of the 19th century when the pie with rhubarbs started gaining popularity in the country.
- In the same century, the pie traveled over to Europe where it was used in a variety of pies and pastries.
- Rhubarb pies are quite popular not just in the US, but also in Canada and UK.
- Rhubarbs are packed with nutrients like Vitamin C, Vitamin K, magnesium, calcium, antioxidants, and fiber.
- Rhubarbs are native to China and were initially used more as a medicine.
- Strawberries are the only berry varieties to have seeds on the outside of the fruit. This is probably why they are not generally counted among the berry families by some.
- The rhubarb present in the pie also helps in reducing blood pressure, burning fat, and in also generating myelin for your brain.
- The rhubarbs are sweeter if the stalks are red, more the red, greater the sweetness.
- While the stalks of the rhubarbs are used in cooking, the leaves are poisonous and can often cause vomiting, nausea, sometimes even death.
History of National Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Day:
We do not have information on how this day or celebration began and whose idea it was to start this celebration. As for the berries and the rhubarbs, they have a very long history as early as humans learned to harvest.