The story as it stands
Well now, my family on Mama's side has been reseyedn up in the panhandle since prior to us getting statehood the first time. Don't get me wrong or nutt'n but I just love me a big ole piece of some of Granny's pecan pie. Key lime pie was for all them furreners who lived on down state.
A proposal to make Key Lime pie the official pie of the state has passed the House Tourism Committee. It was a unanimous vote seven to zero. It has one more committee vote in the House.
Two weeks ago, a Florida Senate committee also approved its version of the bill and will soon go before the full Senate.
But the food fight may not be over.
There is fierce opposition from pecan growers in the northern part of the state who want pecan pie to take the honor. Pecans are grown all across the Panhandle and some believe it would better reflect the state’s history.
Some legislators in the central part of the state are also pushing for strawberry pie.
I have since lived in the 'Keys' a couple of three times and learned that Key Lime Pie is a gift from the above to the South of Florida.
Pecans are a large agricultural crop to the northern tier of the state, the Renfroe pecan store in Pensacola is a wonderful place. Key limes from the keys, although I think that most of the production today is grown in Mexico, are a unique product and add to the economy of the South of Florida.
Which would I chose? If family and heritage were the factors, then Pecan. If uniqueness and originalily, then Key Lime. Damn, this is hard. No wonder the folks in T'hassee are having such a hard time.
I do like my key lime without meringue, also.