I discovered plum pie (or “tartes aux pruneaux” as they say in French) in one of the many coffee shops here in Geneva. Many locals eat it on the Geneva holiday, Jeûne Genevois. Can you guess why?

Geneva is historically known for its ties to the Protestant Reformantion in Switzerland. Most people believe that Jeûne Genevois (or “Geneva Fast” day) began in 1567 to remind people of the Protestants persecuted in Lyon, France and later in other places as well. During that day of fasting and prayer, plum pie was the only meal that people ate in Geneva.

Today, most people don’t observe a fast on Jeûne Genevois, but they still eat a lot of plum pie on that day. And I can see why…it’s delicious!

Your plum pie-eating friend,

Peter