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A Bit of Pie History
Do you know how integral pie is to American culture – especially when it comes to popular phrases we don’t think twice about? In addition to pie recipes and tips, Crisco is serving up some tidbits of pie history:
· The term, “as American as apple pie” traces back to 14th century England. The Pilgrims brought their pie-making skills, along with the apple seeds to America. As the popularity of apple pie spread throughout the nation, the phrase grew to symbolize American prosperity.
· The term “upper crust” refers to early America when the economy was difficult and supplies were hard to come by. Only affluent households could afford ingredients for both the upper and lower crusts of a pie; thus, the term “upper crust” was born.
Facts, Info and Trivia
Crisco and the American Pie Council have collaborated to bring you some little-known and fun pie info and trivia:
A survey by the American Pie Council and Crisco® found that apple pie is the favorite flavor among one out of four Americans, followed by pumpkin, chocolate, lemon meringue, and cherry.
An overwhelming 76 percent of Americans prefer homemade pie over pie from a bakery or pastry shop, restaurant, diner, or supermarket.
The average American eats six slices of pie per year.
Other names for a pie are: pastie, oggie, piraski, piragie, patty, and pierogi. More common names include: streusel, tart, turnover, and crumble.
Shoo-fly pie is a wet-bottom molasses pie that was originally used to sit on windowsills to attract flies away from the kitchen.
The American Pie Council is the only organization committed to preserving America's pie heritage and promoting Americans' love of pie.
Crisco, developed in 1911, is the quintessential ingredient for creating America's favorite tender, flaky crust. It was introduced by Proctor and Gamble and was the first vegetable-based shortening that stayed solid regardless of temperature. The Crisco manufacturing facility is located in Cincinnati, Ohio.