The May 13 delivers all cake fans with the national day of apple pie (National Apple Pie Day) a real reason to celebrate. Hooray for the cake. At least in the US culinary calendar. This article explains why this special day of the apple pie deserves a permanent place in the calendar of curious holidays from all over the world and what it is all about. Good Appetite.
Who started National Apple Pie Day?
A look at the available sources only leads to the conclusion that the National Apple Pie Day is an invention of the American food blogger John-Bryan Hopkins. Hopkins, who comes from Alabama, has launched numerous food holidays of his own since 2005/2006 and, with his blog foodimentary.com, is a real authority on culinary holidays.
The oldest contribution to Apple Pie Day is from May 13, 2012; although it is not entirely clear whether this is actually the first edition of this culinary event. The data from Google Trends suggests that the search term National Apple Pie Day generated the first relevant interest in organic search as early as August 2006.
Against this background, it is actually quite astonishing that most of the common sources refer to inconclusive research regarding the author and year of foundation.
Why does National Apple Pie Day fall on May 13th in the United States?
In contrast, however, there is no reason for the selected date. Even if we assume that Hopkins is actually the initiator of this US National Apple Pie Day, his posts on foodimentary.com do not provide any justification for May 13th as the date of this cake holiday.
Rather, Hopkins has pointed out in several interviews that the occasions of this culinary collection are placed either according to seasonal reference or the existing gaps in the calendar. This against the background that at the start of foodimentary.com he could only find 200 known food holidays and filled the remaining days with his own holidays.
To make matters worse, there seems to be two National Apple Pie Day. In addition to the variant on May 13th described in detail here, some sources also list an alternative date on December 3rd. However, there is hardly any evidence or background information on this variant (see also the list of further links below).
With the acclaimed parallel on May 13, International Day Hummus (International Hummus Day.) And the World Cocktail Day (World Cocktail Day), the day of the fruit cocktails (National Fruit Cocktail Day) or the day the tulips (National Tulip Day) seems to have nothing to do with it.
But the fact is that it’s about cake. And that should almost always be a sufficient argument for me. 😉 Hmmm, apple pie. 🙂
For National Apple Pie Day: A few facts and figures about the apple pie
The apple pie is the epitome of American culture and it is not for nothing that a popular saying among Americans is: “As american as apple pie”. The strappy apple or lattice cake is particularly popular there. The Germans are, however, more diverse: sometimes with yeast, sometimes with scrambled or shortcrust pastry, the filling as compote, quarters or carving.
A look at the present collection of the curious World Days also underscores that the apple is a fruit that is celebrated relatively often. As an example, reference is made to the following dates:
- the day of the German apple on January 11th,
- the day of the apple strudel (Apple Strudel Day) on June 17, or
- the International Eat-a-apple-day (International Eat an Apple Day) always on the third Saturday in September.
The apple has a decisive advantage over a large number of other types of fruit or vegetables: it is almost always in season. Every year from autumn to spring, native apple varieties are available in stores, and imported fruits are even available at any time. Starting with sour, crunchy to sweet and floury apples – almost every taste is served by the apple. For apple pie, however, you use sweet fruits with firm pulp such as Boskoop or Elstar.
On National Apple Pie Day: The Cultural Significance of Apple Pie in the United States
As already mentioned at the beginning, the American apple pie is the epitome of (North) American culture. This is all the more astonishing as the apple was not available to the first settlers of the British colonies on the North American continent and – due to the lack of native apple varieties – they first had to wait for plants from Europe or initially ate their cake in the form of meat pies. Apples, if they were available, were primarily used to make cider at that time.
Only after the European plants had been cultivated in the New World in the form of numerous new varieties in the course of the 18th century did the real triumph of the apple cake begin. At that time, it was mainly used as an extremely popular and varied dessert. From the 19th century onwards, the apple pie developed into a symbol of American prosperity and national pride, which during the Second World War led to the slogan: For Mom and apple pie as the standard reason given by American soldiers for their participation in the war.
Interesting side note in this context: The unincorporated community of Pie Town in the state of New Mexico bears its name in honor of the American variant of the apple pie (see also the list of related links below).
With this in mind: Bon appetit, hurray for cake and the American Apple Pie.