History of the Pie

history of the pie

Some of you might be wondering how these National Food holidays come about. Each one has a different origin story, but National Pie Day can be attributed to a Colorado teacher named Charlie Papazian who loved pies so much he declared his birthday to be National Pie Day in the 1970’s.

Since then, National Pie day has become significantly more popular and is now sponsored by the American Pie Council.

The origin of National Pie Day is a little easier to pinpoint than the origin of the actual Pie. The first ones known appeared around 9500 BC during the New Stone Age.



Early pies were made in the form of flat, round or freeform crusty cakes known as galettes. Their crusts were formed from ground oats, wheat, rye or barley and contained honey inside as a sweet treat. These galettes were considered the early form of sweet pastries or desserts.

The pie pastry on the other hand is believed to have originated from the Ancient Greeks. They are believed to be the first to create a flour and water paste to encase meat. The pie crust and toppers were used to seal in the flavor while baking. Some were made to be thrown away, where as others, usually made more delicately were meant to be consumed along with the meat.

The first pie recipe was published by the Romans. It was a goat cheese and honey rye crusted pie.

The majority of early pies were meat pies, usually made with some type of fowl and a thick heavy crust, referred to as a “coffyn”. Crust was still named so when pies first came to American with early English settlers. It was not until the American revolution that the term crust came into use.

Pies have evolved enormously over the past several millennium. A food item so versatile, yet traditional that it’s often given the title of “The Most Traditional American Dessert”.