Key Lime Pie – Official pie of the State of Florida

My dad is a huge fan of the Key lime pie that is served at Pisces Rising in Mount Dora.  Key lime pie is a truly Floridian dessert made from key lime juice, eggs yolks and sweetened condensed milk in a pie crust.  The traditional Conch  version uses the eggs whites to make a meringue topping (similar to Lemon Meringue Pie in the UK).

The dish is named after the small key limes that are naturalized throughout the Florida Keys.  Key limes are more tart and aromatic than the common Persian limes seen year round in most grocers.

Key lime juice is a pale yellow hence the filling in the key lime pie is also yellow.  The reaction between the condensed milk and the lime juice causes the filling to thicken so there is no need to bake.

The origin of key lime pie has been traced back to the late 19th century in the Key West area, Florida.  Its exact origins are unknown, but the first formal mention of Key Lime Pie as a recipe may have been made by William Curry, a ship salvager and Key West’s first millionaire; his cook, “Aunt Sally,” made the pie for him. In 1965, Florida State Representative Bernie Papy, Jr., introduced legislation calling for a $100 fine to be levied against anyone advertising key lime pie that is not made with key limes. The bill did not pass.

In 2006 both the Florida House of Representatives and the Florida Senate passed legislation {HB 453} and {SB 676} effecting that key lime pie is the “Official Pie of the State of Florida”, as of July 1, 2006.


One response to “Key Lime Pie – Official pie of the State of Florida

  1. My Californian native husband loves it too. It is funny though, there is a place in Key West called the Blonde Giraffe that claims their recipe came from Brazil and they say that is where key lime pie originated.

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