Cherry Pie…Michigan grows 75% of the nation’s tart cherries. Traverse City, which holds an annual National Cherry Festival, billed as the cherry capital of the world.
Pecan Pie…Popular in Alabama and Georgia, and also the Oklahoma Panhandle which named it the “official state meal.”
Chocolate Hazelnut Pie…Farmers in the NWest found that hazelnuts mix well with chocolate or maple. Oregon grows 99% of commercial hazelnuts in the U.S.
Key Lime Pie (My Fave!) … Because the Florida Keys had no refrigeration until the Overseas Highway opened in 1938, bakers had to use canned milk, which became an essential element of Florida’s state pie.
Macadamia Nut Pie…This pie is almost a religion in Hawaii. Mac Pie has been around for more than 100 yrs. and has many variations.
Mississippi Mud Pie…Said to have come about after WWII because it was made from ingredients available at most local groceries. And the name…..the chocolate crust reminded some of the muddy banks of the Mississippi River.
Derby Pie…A chocolate and walnut pie traditionally eaten around the time of the Kentucky Derby. It originated about 50 years ago by the mgr. of a Kentucky inn.
And, of course, we have: Coconut Cream Pie; Pumpkin Pie; Sweet Potato Pie; Apple Pie; Olallieberry (youngberry-loganberry cross); Hoosier Pie; many others….
Wait! Wait!…where are you going? Oh, off to get a piece of pie? Enjoy!!! :)