This scrumptious chocolate pecan pie combines two of the United States' most popular pie flavors—chocolate (#3) and pecan (#6). Apple and pumpkin are the most popular.

Photograph by Susan Seubert, National Geographic
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    On January 23, 1983, the United States first celebrated National Pie Day, dedicated to “preserving America’s love affair with pies.”
     
    Pies are, of course, much older than the United States! The first recorded recipe for chicken pot pie was etched into a Sumerian stone tablet in around 2000 BCE. Egyptian hieroglyphics show that Pharaoh Ramses II enjoyed honey-filled, hand-held pies.
     
    Today, communities around the world continue to enjoy both savory and sweet pies. Savory pies include coulibiac, a Russian pie filled with salmon, rice, eggs, and mushrooms; and spanakopita, a Greek pie made with brittle phyllo dough and filled with spinach, feta cheese, and onions. Sweet pies include fruit-filled pies such as apple and berry; and creamy pies such as egg tarts (the national dessert of Hong Kong, China) and Key lime pie. 
  • Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry
    brittle Adjective

    fragile or easily broken.

    celebrate Verb

    to observe or mark an important event with public and private ceremonies or festivities.

    etch Verb

    to engrave or carve into a hard surface.

    hieroglyphics Plural Noun

    written language using images to represent words.

    pharaoh Noun

    ruler of ancient Egypt.

    phyllo Noun

    thin, flaky layers of pastry.

    record Noun

    account of a specific observation or event.

    savory Adjective

    salty or spicy, not sweet.

    Sumer Noun

    (5000 BCE-2000 BCE) ancient civilization in what is now southern Iraq.