Housewives use rhubarb so often as a pastry filling that it has come to be called the pie plant. National Rhubarb Pie Day is designed to give people one more reason to bake and enjoy a fragrant and incredibly delicious pie. For those who have never tried and cooked such pastries – a great reason to do it.
Archaeological finds give scientists the right to assert that rhubarb was used as food in Mongolia, China and Tibet even before our era. In Europe until the 18th century, the plant was used only for medicinal purposes.
Rhubarb seeds came to America thanks to Benjamin Franklin. He sent them from Scotland to his friend in Pennsylvania in 1772. Botanist John Bartram grew the first plant, but it was not in great demand. After 65 years, a new, sweeter variety called “Victoria” was bred in the USA. From that moment on, the popularity of rhubarb increased, because pastries now turned out not only fragrant, but also not as tart as before.
The name of the person who came up with the rhubarb filling remains unknown, but that fact doesn’t stop people from thanking him for the brilliant idea. It took only a few decades for rhubarb pie to become not only a favorite, but also a national dish in the United States.
- Until the middle of the XX century. disputes continued over how to call rhubarb: a vegetable or a fruit. In 1947, a New York court officially classified the plant as a fruit, based on the opinion of the majority of residents. This fact pleased the importers very much, the tax on the import of vegetables was much higher.
- In England, rhubarb has been cultivated since the beginning of the 17th century.
- The stems of the plant contain a huge amount of vitamins, antioxidants and minerals. In addition to the huge benefits for the body, rhubarb is also low in calories.
How to celebrate
The best way to celebrate is by making a traditional rhubarb pie or experimenting with a new one in the kitchen.
In honor of National Rhubarb Pie Day, you can plant a few seeds of the plant in your garden if it is not already growing there.
Friends and family will appreciate a small gift in the form of a book with recipes for desserts and pastries with rhubarb.
When is National Rhubarb Pie Day celebrated in 2023?
National Rhubarb Pie Day is observed on January 23 each year.