NATIONAL BLUEBERRY PIE DAY
National Blueberry Pie Day on April 28th each year ushers in blueberry pie-making season. Blueberry harvest begins in April and lasts until September giving us a long season full of blueberry enjoyment.
We’ve been enjoying blueberries in pies since early American settlers arrived. In 1872, the first documented recipe for blueberry pie appeared in the Appledore Cook Book. Blueberries are abundant in Maine, so it’s no surprise that blueberry pie is the state’s official dessert!
This once wild berry became domesticated during the early 1900s thanks to the observations of Elizabeth Coleman White and the research of Dr. Frederick V. Coville. Before their efforts, wild blueberries were never successfully transplanted and raised in any farming operation for personal or commercial production. The only way to enjoy fresh blueberries was to seek them out where they grew naturally.
Through the efforts of White and Coville, today, producers and private gardeners bring to fruition these amazingly delicious berries. These vibrant berries pack a punch in vitamins and health benefits from farm to table or farmer to the grocer to you. They make a great snack all on their own or enhance a meal, and make stellar desserts or sauces. Whatever this berry does, it does with panache!
It’s one of the healthiest fruits on the market, too. Full of antioxidants, this nutrient berry helps inhibit cancer development and helps prevent urinary tract disease. Eating blueberries may assist in maintaining healthy blood pressure, reduce blood sugar, and ease symptoms of depression.
HOW TO OBSERVE #BlueberryPieDay
- Bake up a blueberry pie.
- While you’re at it, bake two and give one away. We even have a recipe for you to try.
- You can also visit your local baker and ask them for their best blueberry pie. Let us know where you’re shopping that day, too!
- Use #BlueberryPieDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL BLUEBERRY PIE DAY HISTORY
National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of this pie holiday.
Blueberry Pie FAQ
Q. Should I use fresh or frozen blueberries to make blueberry pie?
A. Either fresh or frozen will make a delicious blueberry pie.
Q. Are pies and tarts the same thing?
A. Pies and tarts are similar. They are both made with a pastry crust composed of sweet or savory fillings. However, a pie is usually made in a dish with sloped sides while a tart pan has straight sides and a removable bottom. Pies can be made with or without a top crust; tarts only have a bottom crust.