Three point one four one five nine two six five…
Okay, counting out all the digits of pi is an impossible task—they go on forever, and we’re already out of breath! An easier way to celebrate Pi Day on March 14th, a.k.a. 3/14? Digging into delicious facts and flavors about pi.
Just read on to learn more!
Why is it called pi?
Pi refers to the first letter in the Greek perimetros, which means circumference. The number itself is irrational—depending on how specific the calculation and how strong the computer, it can get longer and longer and longer but will never actually end! 3.14 is enough for most of us, though, and it refers to the circumference of a circle divided by its diameter. No matter how big the circle, the same never-ending number results.
Pi is regarded as the most universally well-known mathematical constant, even among those of us who don’t use it in our everyday lives (we’re sure sounding like a delicious food might have something to do with its good reputation!). We can even see examples of it in some of the world’s most famous marvels—at the Great Pyramid of Giza, for example, the ratio of the pyramid’s vertical height to its perimeter is about the same as that of a circle’s radius to its circumference, which has led some to wonder whether or not the Ancient Egyptians were privy to pi long before the Greeks.
How high can you pi?
Though many of us know that classic 3.14—the first few digits of pi—some pi enthusiasts have gone even further in memorizing the constant’s endless digits. The current record-holder,
Rajveer Meena, has remembered and recited (while blindfolded) a staggering 70,000 decimal places!
Look around you and you’ll see—there are many delicious bites of knowledge to be gleaned from your favorite foods! We think digging into that knowledge is a great way to spend Pi Day.
Naturally, pi can be a tricky concept to understand—but by showing young learners the circumference of a circular dish (like your favorite pancakes or waffles here at Peach Valley), as well as its diameter, the length that runs straight across its surface, they will be better able to understand the elements at play. You can also use circular foods to explain topics such as fractions. To a younger student, one eighth, one quarter, and one half might not be so intuitive at first—but by slicing a favorite food into those portions, you can easily illustrate what each part represents!
More ways to celebrate…
In addition to pairing math with your meal, there is no shortage of delicious ways to celebrate Pi Day! Enjoy an easygoing day in the kitchen by whipping up a classic pie recipe, just because. Families might even consider using cupcake tins to make smaller, personal-sized pies so that a wide variety of flavors and fillings can be enjoyed! For some healthy competition, you can even enjoy a pie competition with family and friends to see whose flavor reigns supreme.
Of course, if you’re craving a savory spin on pie, let us take care of the dishes—our Peach Valley Chicken Pot Pie is a comfort food classic that’s sure to please on Pi Day and beyond.
Who says match can’t be delicious? Dig into your favorite pie recipe (or any circular food, for that matter) for a foodie holiday that’s sweet, special and sure to satisfy.