September 28 celebrates National Strawberry Cream Pie Day. Did you know that the strawberries themselves contribute up to 70% of the weight of a strawberry cream pie? Since this day is dedicated to celebrating the delicious cream pie, you’re allowed to take a break from your diet and indulge in a slice, or two, of this delicious dessert!
History of NATIONAL STRAWBERRY CREAM PIE DAY
It’s quite uncertain why September 28 was chosen as National Strawberry Cream Pie Day since strawberries are naturally out of season in September (not to worry, though, strawberries are now available in grocery stores and supermarkets almost all year round). Chances are that this day was picked to serve as a reminder for summer as winter slowly approaches.
The widely-known garden strawberry was first produced in Brittany, France, in the 1750s by a cross of a Virginia strawberry (Fragaria virginiana) from North America and a coastal Chilean strawberry (Fragaria chiloensis), which Amédée-François Frézier brought from Chile in 1714. Today, there are 103 species of strawberries, and there are many garden strawberries cultivated in all U.S. states and many countries around the world. Strawberries are also loved by many for their natural aroma, beautiful color, lusciousness, and juiciness. A versatile fruit, strawberries are used in many types of food and treats such as fruit juice, jam, milkshakes, ice cream — and pies!
Strawberry Cream Pie Day celebrates the birth of one of the world’s most scrumptious treats. This delectable dessert matches the rich flavors of sweetened cream with the tangy flavor of ripened strawberries in a harmonious marriage. There are so many strawberry cream pie recipes available today, and you can always indulge in whichever you prefer. Some recipes use whipped cream or cream cheese, while some opt for a pudding or custard base with strawberries either folded in or on top. Sweet cream — cream separated directly from milk — remains the best type of cream for making a strawberry cream pie. Its lily-white color and velvety taste perfectly complement the strawberries’ bright red color and make the strawberry cream pie a sumptuous treat.
NATIONAL STRAWBERRY CREAM PIE DAY timeline
Strawberries are found in Rome.
Europeans discover the Virginia wild strawberry.
Commercial strawberry production begins.
According to Guinness World Records, the world’s heaviest strawberry is a Japanese variety called Amaou, weighing 8.82 oz (250g).
NATIONAL STRAWBERRY CREAM PIE DAY FAQs
What day is National Love Day?
We celebrate National First Love Day on September 18 every year. Launched in 2015, this national holiday celebrates the warm fuzzies and euphoria that accompany the first encounter with a romantic partner.
What day is National Hot Mulled Cider Day?
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When is National Raspberry Cream Pie Day?
We celebrate National Raspberry Cream Pie Day on August 1. This day honors the creation of one of America’s favorite desserts.
NATIONAL STRAWBERRY CREAM PIE DAY Activities
Bake a homemade pie
The Internet has numerous strawberry pie recipes you can try. If you have a favorite recipe, you can bake that at home, or use a new recipe for a change. Don’t feel too guilty to eat it all alone — we won’t judge you!
Invite friends and family
The more the merrier: There’s no better way to enjoy your delicious strawberry cream pie than to invite friends and family over for a memorable treat. Sharing this delicious dessert is arguably the best way to savor its sweetness.
Order a pie
Can’t make time to bake a strawberry pie on your own? That’s all right. Pick up a strawberry cream pie from your favorite bakery — and don’t forget to give them a shout-out, too. That’s a great way to include them in the celebration!
5 Fun Facts About Strawberries
Seeds in a strawberry
The average strawberry has 200 seeds.
First to ripen
Strawberries are the first fruit to ripen in the spring.
Home to strawberries
Yielding about 1 billion pounds yearly, California’s one of the U.S.’s largest producers — about 75% annually.
Americans love it
94% of American households enjoy strawberries.
Americans love it
Americans eat 3.4 lbs of fresh strawberries a year!
Why We Love NATIONAL STRAWBERRY CREAM PIE DAY
Celebrating sweet food
For all strawberry lovers, and fans of pies, National Strawberry Cream Pie Day offers an awesome opportunity to enjoy this heart-shaped, sweet fruit in a pie. There’s no better time to sit back and indulge in a delicious treat.
Time to try a new recipe
For those who have always been diehard fans of a particular strawberry cream pie recipe, this day offers a chance to try something new. We love this day because we can learn new ways to make and enjoy this summer dessert.
Sharing love, and delicious pies!
Strawberries have always been considered a fruit of love, associated with Venus, the goddess of love, obviously because of their heart shape and deep red color. One of the best things you can do with your strawberry cream pie — other than eating it alone, of course — is to share it with family, friends, and maybe neighbors!
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