How did the Ladyfinger get its name and Where does the word Ladyfinger come from?

The poet Keats, who knew these delicate pastries back in 1820, called them lady’s-fingers.

Both of these were fanciful names, however, merely indicative of size. As applied to the modern bakery-made American product the name is distinctly inappropriate.

The name finger biscuit, also in early use, would be more fitting: the finger could be that of a heavyweight prizefighter.

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