We dissect the unexpected history of our beloved pumpkin pie.
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- Edited byDarren Elms
“What moistens the lip and what brightens the eye/What calls back the past, like the rich Pumpkin pie?” — From “The Pumpkin” (1850) by John Greenleaf Whittier
The world’s largest pumpkin pie was made in New Bremen, Ohio, at the New Bremen Pumpkinfest. The final pie weighed 3,699 pounds and measured 20 feet in diameter.
“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 Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America
Recipes for pumpkin pie did not appear in American cookbooks until the 19th century.
Holiday songs “Over the River and Through the Wood,” “There’s No Place Like Home for the Holidays,” “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” and “Sleigh Ride” all make reference to eating pumpkin pie.
“The pumpkin is native to the North American continent. An early export to France and then England, it was the Pilgrims who brought the ‘concept’ of pumpkin pie back to New England.” — The New York Times
According to the USDA, Libby’s Pumpkin produces 90 million pies worth of canned pumpkin each year and is responsible for 85% of canned pumpkin globally.
Pumpkins are 90% water. Thus many canned pumpkin brands use a variety that’s more akin to a butternut squash for their product.