Like most Florida restaurants, we offer key lime pie on our desert menu. It is truly delicious and if you love the sweetness and tartness of key lime pie, you must try ours.
Our key lime pie is popular with our customers, and that inspired us to write an article about key lime pie. There are many stories for origin of key lime pie. The one described below is the most commonly accepted.
First, lets talk about the lime itself. It is believed the key lime first came to Florida in the 1500’s with Spanish explorers. The lime is native to Malaysia. The climate of the keys are great for growing this fruit. It is a little known fact that most key lime juice is actually Persian lime juice. A 1926 hurricane wiped out much of the key lime industry and Persian lime was used to replace them as it is easier to pick and ship.
William Curry (1821-1896), a ship salvager and self made millionaire employed a cook named Aunt Sally. She is credited by many as the creator of the key lime pie , or at least a pie that is very similar to today’s recipe.
This is when the first recorded recipes start showing up. Many of the recipes used condensed milk because refrigeration wasn’t available in south Florida until a few years later.
Florida’s legislature recognizes the key lime pie as the states’ “official pie”. This seems like a no-brainer but until that year it was hotly debated that pies made with Florida grown pecans should be considered. House Bill 453 and Senate Bill 676 of the Florida Legislature’s Regular 2006 Session made the Key Lime Pie the official Florida state pie as of July 1, 2006.