Most would agree that Thanksgiving is for friends, family and—most importantly—food. In other words, it’s the time of year when it’s acceptable to stuff your face with turkey, rolls, green bean casserole and lots of other goodies. But no matter which way you slice it, nothing says Thanksgiving quite like a good, old-fashioned pie. By the way, here’s where those traditional Thanksgiving dishes came from.
Some families prefer a perfect piece of pecan, while others like a satisfying slice of sweet potato. But which pie takes the cake, so to speak? GE set out to find out. They surveyed 1,550 people throughout the continental United States and then created a map infographic revealing which pie holds the biggest piece of people’s hearts in every state, split up by region. (Sadly, Alaska and Hawaii weren’t part of the survey.)
And the results were, for the most part, what you might expect. Pumpkin, the pie that’s all but synonymous with Thanksgiving, was the overall winner. But, perhaps more surprisingly, the survey found that the results were very split by region. While pumpkin pie dominated the western, central and midwestern United States, apple pie and pecan pie also made a very strong showing. The New England and mid-Atlantic regions were unified in their love of apple pie (almost—Maryland went with pumpkin!). Find out which pie recipe from every state reigns supreme.
The South was a little more split, with Texas and its neighbors Oklahoma, Louisiana and Missouri being all in for pecan pie. Pecan pie was also a hit in Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama and Mississippi—but those four states were also enamored with apple, creating a…pie tie! But the southern states on the East Coast—Florida, Georgia, the Carolinas, Virginia and West Virginia—went with the traditional pumpkin.
If you’re a United States-based Thanksgiving celebrant, do you eat the pie that your region prefers, or are you a rebel? Residents of Alaska and Hawaii, what pie do you prefer? Maybe switch up your pie this year and see how another region’s choice dessert compares.