National Rhubarb Pie Day
annually on January 23rd
Although today also is National Pie Day, which is dedicated to all pies, one pie is especially important today, rhubarb pie! Rhubarb is harvested between mid-May and early June, so the day may also be celebrated in January to get people to start thinking about spring, which is only a few months away. Rhubarb pies are popular in the United Kingdom, and also in Canada, where rhubarb can survive in its cold climate. Rhubarb pies contain diced rhubarb, and usually have a lot of sugar to balance the rhubarb's tartness. Rhubarb originated in Western China, Tibet, Mongolia, and Siberia, and was likely introduced to Europe by Marco Polo. In the 1730s, John Bartram planted the first rhubarb seeds in the American colonies. Fittingly, another name for rhubarb has been "pie plant."
How to Observe National Rhubarb Pie Day
Celebrate the day by making and eating rhubarb pie!