National Blueberry Pie Day
National Blueberry Pie Day is observed next on Friday, April 28th, 2023 (142 days from today).
There is a great chance to herald in the blueberry pie-making season, called National Blueberry Pie Day on April 28th every year.
We gather to commemorate the greatest true blue fruit baked into a buttery pastry. It just so fortuneate that, at the time of National Blueberry Pie Day, the first round berries in North America will be ripe to pluck, ready for powdering and baking. This underrated dessert has deep roots in America's colonial history, and we want to tell you all about it over a slice of mouthwatering blue-green syrup.
History of National Blueberry Pie Day
Blueberry pie, which typically consists of the classic cake batter filled with a mixture of sugar, flour, and lime juice, is a winning dessert. Before the United States became an independent nation, Native Americans lived abroad and used blueberries, which they called berries, as a source of survival.
In modern times, blueberries are considered as a delicious addition to our ice cream or a nutritious addition to our morning smoothie. Back in the colonial days, Native Americans crushed and dehydrated small purple spheres and used the resulting powder as a supplement in their foods throughout the year. At present, it was recognized as a super food, blueberries contain with a lot of antioxidants, phytoflavinoids, potassium, and vitamin C. Some historians demonstrated that it was impossible for the earliest settlers in North America to survive after their first winter in the new country without blueberries.
As civilization continued to expand and farmers began to grow crops at a much higher rate, American settlers were no longer so strict with nutrients and could start using friendly fruits to grow crops taste rather than sustainable nutrition. From the late 18th and early 19th centuries, the sweet desserts from blueberries became more and more popular in the world.
The original blueberry pie was baked with wild Maine blueberries from Maine where the berries grew freely without much help from farmers. To this day, blueberry pie is Maine's national dessert. While apple pie are chosen as the most stereotypical dessert in the US, blueberry pie is believed to be important to our nation's (dessert) history as it is picture blue rectangle on our flag.
Why National Blueberry Pie Day?
The blueberry harvest begins in April and continues through September, giving us an extended blueberry season.
Since the first arriving of American settlers, blueberries have appeared in our scones. The first recipe of blueberry pie was printed in the Appledore Cookbook since 1872. Maine has a lot of blueberries, so it's no wonder that blueberry pie is the dessert official mouth of the state. Due to the observations of Elizabeth Coleman White and the studies of Dr. Frederick V. Coville, a wild berry was domesticated in the early 1900s. Transplanted and successfully farmed in any farming activity had never allowed wild blueberries, for personal or commercial production purposes, in the face of their efforts. In fact, you can only find the freshest blueberries in area where they have grown and developed naturally.
Nowadays, these delicious berries are made from talent producers and individual gardeners. These colorful berries deliver a dose of vitamins and health benefits from farm to table or from farmer to grocery store for you. They make a great snack on their own or to complement a meal, as well as outstanding desserts or sauces.
Why National Blueberry Pie Day be loved around the world
- It broadens our palate
Although blueberry pie was a hugely popular dessert, it has left in the dark because of the loss of its popularity. We love this holiday because it gives us the opportunity to bake a delicious (healthy!) dessert that we might not have eaten in a while, if ever and we always love to try something new.
- Eating blueberries in the spring makes a lot of sense
The environmental impact of consuming out-of-season fruits and vegetables is huge, but we don't have to worry about any of it this day. The fussy sweet festival comes at the perfect time of year to pick those ripe wild berries, which means we can really help by enjoying these indigo drinks.
- Culinary Arts Revival
In the 21st century, the desserts of the day are cookies, cakes, macaroons and of course ice cream. Pie, delicious as it is, seems to have fallen to the curb. However, at the end of this April, we will have a chance to take out flour, butter and our freshly harvested berries and try our hand at this lovely sensory culinary art. Yum!
How to celebrate National Blueberry Pie Day
There are several ways of National Blueberry Pie Day celebration.
- Visit a blueberry garden: During harvest season, many family farms around the country open their doors to visitors who come in with buckets in hand and pick their berries. It is simpler than buying a crate of berries from the production site; you will be supporting a local business and learning about where the berries come from.
- Prepare a cake: On this holiday, there is one simple request that you must fulfill: eat a slice of blueberry pie. Why not go through the whole process of making your own? Here's a suggestion: To avoid a mushy cake, mix some cornstarch into your blueberries before baking.
- Inspire for a friend: You must make someone become happy by some easy ways. Baking some delicious cakes will take no much time and you will be able to request support from others in celebrating the occasion with you. You can make new friends in your local area.
And yes, don't forget to upload photos of your beautiful cakes and short videos of the baking process to social media with #NationalBlueberryPieDay or #BlueberryPieDay.
ObservedNational Blueberry Pie Day has been observed annually on April 28th.
Wednesday, April 28th, 2021
Thursday, April 28th, 2022
Friday, April 28th, 2023
Sunday, April 28th, 2024
Monday, April 28th, 2025