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BOSTON — Bostonians got a taste of the Florida Keys Thursday, when free portions of a huge Key lime pie were served at Boston’s South Station.

The gigantic pie, prepared at the largest railroad station and intercity bus terminal in Greater Boston, measured eight feet in diameter and its creation was led by Key West chef David Sloan, author of “The Ultimate Key Lime Pie Cookbook.”

The mammoth pie’s ingredients included the juice of 5,760 tiny yellow Key limes, 200 pounds of graham crackers and 55 gallons of sweetened condensed milk. With an estimated weight of 1,000 pounds, the mammoth dessert produced about 2,000 servings.

The pie was funded by the Florida Keys tourism council in an effort to motivate Bostonians — through their taste buds — to visit the warm subtropical island chain, especially during chilly winter months.

The timing seemed perfect with the National Weather Service projecting air temperatures in Boston dropping to -2 degrees Fahrenheit Thursday evening. Forecasters also issued a wind chill advisory warning of readings as low as -18 degrees Fahrenheit.

“Florida Keys Key lime pie is one of the few desserts in American that actually originated in America,” Sloan said. “And nothing else tastes quite like it.”

A signature Florida Keys dessert, Key lime pie is believed to have originated in Key West in the late 1800s.

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