NZ is not alone in its pie obsession

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We Kiwis are well-known for our love of pies. We eat nearly 70 million of them every year - about 15 per person.

We easily out-eat our Aussie neighbours, who can only manage a measly 12 per year.

But there are many other pie-crazy countries out there.

Pies originated in Europe as a way to preserve meat in the days before refrigeration. From there, they spread to the colonies.

That's why, as well as throughout the UK, you'll also find:

Empanadas in Argentina

NZ is not alone in its pie obsession

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Tourtiere in French Canada

NZ is not alone in its pie obsession

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Bisteeya in Morocco

NZ is not alone in its pie obsession

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Salteñas in Bolivia

NZ is not alone in its pie obsession

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Similar snacks are also found in Nigeria and Jamaica.

To Americans though, a pie is only good when you take the meat out of it.

They prefer things like apple pie, cherry pie and Boston creme pie, which is really more of a cake.

NZ is not alone in its pie obsession

Americans really, really love apple pie (Reuters file)

There is one type of savoury pie in the US, called a pot pie.

They're really bad and usually sit in the freezer until you've run out of all other food in the house.

In fact, rumour is they're called pot pies because you'd have to be stoned to eat one.

Now we know Kiwis are competitive. But when it comes to pies, bakeries around the country are really stepping it up ahead of the annual pie awards next week.

There's not much time left for the bakers to get those last minute pastry ideas sorted.

All the pies that are entered will be judged on July 21 and then the winners revealed a few days later on July 26.

Got a pie that you think deserves recognition?

Send it in to bestpies@newshub.co.nz and we'll let everyone else know!

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