To celebrate National Pi Day, as well as the birthday of German-born theoretical physicist Albert Einstein, I bring you pies! According to Harold McGee, a pie is pretty much any dish—meat, fish, vegetable, fruit—enclosed in pastry. This makes me wonder why the key lime pie, considered the official pie of the Florida Keys, is called a pie (same for pumpkin, pecan, etc).
TIME Magazine writes, historians trace pie’s initial origins to the Greeks, who are thought to be the originators of the pastry shell, which they made by combining water and flour. Word on the streets is that the pilgrims brought pies to the colonies where they were used to showcase local ingredients and act as a means to preserve food, and often keep filling fresh during winter months.
Below, you’ll find five… both sweet and savory.