National Raspberry Cream Pie Day

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National Raspberry Cream Pie Day is celebrated on August 1st of each year.  The staff at National Whatever Day were unable to discover the origin of National Raspberry Cream Pie Day.

Raspberry

The raspberry is the edible fruit of a multitude of plant species in the genus Rubus, most of which are in the subgenus Idaeobatus; the name also applies to these plants themselves.  Raspberries are perennial, with woody stems.

Raspberries are grown for the fresh fruit market and for commercial processing into individually quick frozen (IQF) fruit, purée, juice, or as dried fruit used in a variety of grocery products. Traditionally, raspberries were a mid-summer crop, but with new technology, cultivars, and transportation, they can now be obtained year-round. Raspberries need ample sun and water for optimal development. Raspberries thrive in well-drained soil with a pH of between 6 and 7 with ample organic matter to assist in retaining water. While moisture is essential, wet and heavy soils or excess irrigation can bring on Phytophthora root rot which is one of the most serious pest problems facing red raspberry. As a cultivated plant in moist temperate regions, it is easy to grow and has a tendency to spread unless pruned. Escaped raspberries frequently appear as garden weeds, spread by seeds found in bird droppings.

Raspberries contain significant amounts of polyphenol antioxidants such as anthocyanin pigments linked to potential health protection against several human diseases. The aggregate fruit structure contributes to its nutritional value, as it increases the proportion of dietary fibre, placing it among plant foods with the highest fibre contents known, up to 20% fibre per total weight. Raspberries are a rich source of vitamin C, with 30 mg per serving of 1 cup (about 50% daily value), manganese (about 60% daily value) and dietary fibre (30% daily value). Contents of B vitamins 1-3, folic acid, magnesium, copper and iron are considerable in raspberries.

Cream Pie

A cream pie is a type of pie filled with a rich custard or pudding that is made from milk, cream, flour, and eggs.  It can come in many forms including vanilla, lemon, lime, raspberry, peanut butter, banana, coconut, and chocolate.  A constant feature of all cream pies is the whipped cream topping.  The custard filling is related to the French crème patissière which is a key component of various French cakes and tarts. It is a one-crust pie.