In honor of pumpkin month on the blog and to prepare you for Thanksgiving next month, today we’re doing fun facts about pumpkin pie! Pumpkin pie is the quintessential pumpkin dessert and, if you’re anything like my family, you look forward to it every year at Thanksgiving and Christmas. They like it so much my mom always had to make two pumpkin pies every holiday when we were growing up so there would be enough for everyone. She uses the classic pumpkin pie recipe on the Libby pumpkin can and everyone goes crazy for it every year. People are also going nuts right now for pumpkin spice everything. Starting in September and running through the fall, you can’t turn a corner without running into a new pumpkin spice flavored food or pumpkin spice scented product. With all of this craziness over pumpkin pie, it’s only fair to share some interesting tidbits on pumpkin pie’s history.

  1. Pumpkins can grow on every continent except Antarctica, so you could theoretically eat pumpkin pie almost anywhere in the world.
  2. Pumpkins were once used for the crust of the pie, not the filling.
  3. Pumpkins contain potassium and Vitamin A and are very low calorie, so pumpkin pie is practically a healthy dessert (or breakfast, if that’s how you roll).
  4. The Guinness world record for the largest pumpkin pie made is held by the New Bremen Giant Pumpkin Growers in New Bremen, Ohio. The pie was 20 feet in diameter and weighed 3,699 pounds.
  5. There is reason to believe pumpkin pie was not served at the second Thanksgiving, not the first.
  6. If it weren’t for Cinderella, you might be eating pepon pie or gros melon The fairy tale is credited with being the first time the round, orange squash was referred to as a pumpkin.
  7. Morton, Illinois is the self-proclaimed pumpkin capital of the world. It is also home to the canning company Libby, well-known for its cans of pumpkin, and is responsible for 80% of the world’s canned pumpkin production.
  8. Early American colonists made pumpkin pie, but it didn’t resemble what we call pumpkin pie today. A version similar to the modern one was created in 1796.
  9. Pumpkin is trendy! The pumpkin product industry has grew 79% between 2011 and 2015 and it’s just getting bigger. Pie filling is the number 1 pumpkin product in the U.S., followed by pumpkin cream, and pumpkin coffee.
  10. Pumpkin spice, traditionally used to flavor pumpkin pie, is a combination of cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and nutmeg. Once used primarily for pumpkin pie, it is now put in everything- cereal, yogurt, coffee, vodka, and even hummus.

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