Monday, March 15, 2010

Pi (3.14) Day, a Day Late

Pi, Greek letter (π), is the symbol for the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. Pi Day is celebrated by math enthusiasts around the world on March 14th. Pi = 3.1415926535…And what better way to celebrate the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter than with a pie! This is the kind of pie I can relate to! Specifically an avocado pie:) (Perfect choice for sticking with the March green theme!)
Have you ever had an avocado pie? Very simple to make, and very good to eat! Did you know that California produces 90% of the nation's avocado crop?(Lucky us!) When I was a child I was a very picky eater and missed out on many a delicious guacamole dip(among other things), because I was too particular to even try it! It was green?!? :)
The first time I tried an avocado pie was over 20 years ago when my sister, Laura, made one. Laura was fortunate to have a huge avocado tree right in her backyard, and I was fortunate because I lived nearby:) I can't tell you how many times I tromped over to her house and walked out with a big bag full of beautiful avocados(and lemons too)! They grow year round! YUM!

Avocado Pie
1 graham cracker pie crust (recipe below)
1 ripe avocado, mashed well
1/4 cup lemon juice(I used lime)
1 14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk

Mix avocado, juice and sweetened condensed milk together until well combined. Pour into prepared/baked graham cracker pie crust. Chill for at least an hour. Serve plain, or top with sour cream or whipped cream. It's akin to a key lime pie:)

Graham Cracker Crust
1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs, crushed
1/3 cup sugar
6 Tablespoons butter, melted
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Mix together well and press evenly into a 9" pie pan. Bake for 7 minutes at 375 degrees.

The Avocado is delicious, nutritious and very versatile. For more info. about avocados click here.


  1. Wow, very interesting and unconventional recipe! I guess I should say unconventional for our part of the world. :) We love avocado, but no trees for us! I will HAVE to try this!

  2. How cool would it be to have an avocado tree in your yard. I'm never had avocado pie, but it looks like a great way to celebrate pi day!

  3. Wow an avocado wonderful! I really want to try it...yum!

  4. Wow, what a fun recipe!! My BIL, who lives about 1.3 miles from me, has an avocado tree. We have been enjoying them for a few weeks now. I might have to try this with some fresh ones. And when I was in 6th grade my math teacher made us all memorize Pi to the 20th decimal place. And I still remember it, LOL!

  5. This is something completely new to me. Yesterday I made a pie for pi day and tried so hard to think of a green pie to go with our St. Patrick's Day themed dinner as well. I needed this recipe a day earlier! Next year if not before.

  6. Never knew you were so into math :-) Well, this avocado pie is definitely good... I wonder what is the size and color of avocado grown in California?

    Sawadee from Bangkok,

  7. That sounds crazy!! I have got to try it!

  8. WOW - that is fantastic!! I never met an avocado I didn't love -- what a cool way to use it! I'll have to try it!

  9. Ohhhhh man. I have to see if that can be tried out at my house! We have an enormous (it's taller than the house by at least 15 feet, and we have a 2-story) avocado tree and it has just been going all-out this year. As I speak, there are about 10 bags of softball-sized avocados sitting in the living room, with around 10 fruits to a bag. And there's plenty more still left on the tree...