This is the celebration of the delicious pie made with a sweet coconut cream filling. Pie lovers know a thick layer of real whipped cream topped with toasted coconut make this pie irresistible.
There are plenty of pie holidays on the National Day Calendar. In fact, every month includes at least one. The last pie holiday we celebrated was National Blueberry Pie Day, kicking off the blueberry season. However, unlike blueberries, coconut trees produce their fruit all year long. And the milk and meat are processed for canning and drying, making it easily accessible for year-round baking.
The coconut’s status as a ‘regular’ pie ingredient was cemented in 1895 when a Philadelphia miller received a shipment of coconuts as repayment for a debt from a client in Cuba. The miller set up a factory process for drying the coconut meat, began to distribute it, and became the catalyst for coconut-related recipes being printed in cookbooks and becoming universally popular. No one is sure who made the first coconut cream pie, but by the early 20th century, you could find them anywhere.
Their popularity and deliciousness is the most likely reason for the creation of this holiday celebrating them, though the true origins are still unknown to researchers.