I think it is time to acknowledge that lemon meringue pie is one of the best desserts out there.
Between the tart lemony taste, the crunchy crust, and the fluffy meringue, you cannot go wrong.
This pie has been around since medieval times and its earliest record is linked to Alexander Frehse, a Swiss baker.
However, the version of the pie we know today actually dates back to the 19th century.
The popularity of lemon meringue pie has not diminished with age.
It is now found everywhere, from royal dinner tables to roadside diners.
In fact, every August 15th pie lovers gather around this delicious dessert to collectively celebrate National Lemon Meringue Pie Day.
So grab a slice and check out these fun facts.
Fun Facts About Lemons
Here are some interesting facts about lemons and how people have used them throughout history:
- Lemons have been cultivated in the Mediterranean since the 1st century AD.
- Kings used to receive lemons as valuable gifts due to their rarity.
- During the Renaissance, women used lemon to redden their lips.
- Lemons are berries.
- Lemon was a common unisex name in the 1900s.
- 95 percent of US lemon crops are located in California and Arizona.
- Lemon trees produce fruit every month; one tree produces up to 600 pounds of lemons per year.
Health Benefits of Lemons
Lemon juice is high in vitamin C and flavonoids that may boost the immune system and neutralize free radicals, thus slowing the aging process.
Lemons seem to also be awesome for:
- Inhibiting (in vitro) breast cancer cell growth
- Improving blood pressure
- Possibly protecting against osteoporosis
Just remember that the health benefits are associated with the lemon fruit, not the lemon meringue pie (!), which should be viewed as an occasional plant-based treat, rather than an all you can eat “healthy” food.
How Will You Celebrate?
Here are some sweet ideas:
- Enjoy lemon-themed treats with tiny lemon meringue tarts, ice-cold lemonade, and/or tangy lemon meringue pie.
- Decorate with bowls of lemons to add a sunny, bright color and fragrance to your home.
- Plant a lemon tree for yourself. (Even indoor potted trees can produce edible fruit.)
- Hold a plant-based lemon meringue bake-off with friends.
- Try a lemon meringue pie recipe!
Traditional lemon meringue pie is made with eggs and butter.
But you can make it with aquafaba and cashews!
Impress your friends and family with our 100 percent plant-based Lemon Meringue Pie. It is sure to become your new favorite recipe for this delicious dessert.
Here’s to Lemon Meringue Pie forever…