Tidbit Tuesday ~ It’s Pumpkin Season!

Today is National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day. It’s that time of the year when everything is pumpkin. Pumpkin breads, pumpkin soups, pumpkin latte’s, pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin everything! My seasonal favorite is the DQ Pumpkin Pie Blizzard. Soooo yummy!

According to Wikipedia:
The pumpkin is native to the continent of North America. The oldest evidence, pumpkin-related seeds dating between 7000 and 5500 BCE, has been found in Mexico. The pumpkin was an early export to France; from there it was introduced to Tudor England, and the flesh of the “pompion” was quickly accepted as pie filler. During the seventeenth century, pumpkin pie recipes could be found in English cookbooks such as Hannah Woolley’s The Gentlewoman’s Companion, which was published in 1675. The recipes did not appear in American cookbooks until the early nineteenth century. Pumpkin pie did not become a common addition to the Thanksgiving dinner until the early nineteenth century. The Pilgrims brought the pumpkin pie back to New England, while the English method of cooking the pumpkin took a different course. In the 19th century, the English pumpkin pie was prepared by stuffing the pumpkin with apples, spices, and sugar and then baking it whole.

Many companies produce seasonal pumpkin pie-flavored products such as ice cream, coffee, cheesecake, pancakes, candy, and beer. Many breweries produce a seasonal pumpkin ale, and the pumpkin spice latte is one of the most popular seasonal items sold during the autumn months at Starbucks. Throughout much of the United States it is traditional to serve pumpkin pie after Thanksgiving dinner.

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