Pies are an important part of American culture, and they have been for centuries. Some say George Washington had a penchant for cherry pie, while Abraham Lincoln reportedly favored lemon custard pie. Ulysses S. Grant preferred Boston cream pie, while Barack Obama loves crustless coconut pie. The dessert has remained just as popular as the decades pass. According to the American Pie Council, about 700 million dollars in pies are sold in grocery stores every year, and about 36 million Americans say apple pie is their favorite flavor. For 47 percent of us, the idea of pie brings the word “comforting” to mind.
To compile our list, we started by noting the few states that have designated official state pies; then we looked at official state fruits suitable for pies and non-official ones that states are famous for. Our list ranges from classics like apple, which is the state pie of Vermont, to Arizona's prickly pear, emblematic of the cactus that grows all over that state.
The American Pie Council says 90 percent of Americans say a slice of pie is one of the simple pleasures in life, and who are we to disagree? Read on and check out our list of the best pie in every state to see if your favorite dessert matches up with where you live.