Our Obsession with All Things Pumpkin

pumpkin babyWhat is it about this orange squash that captivates us this time of year?  Everything has pumpkin and people are going crazy over it.  Some of the biggest news of the fall has been that Starbucks released their pumpkin spice latte early.  Pumpkin has even made its way into beer with cutesy names like “punkin ale”.  Pinterest is covered with pins of pumpkin muffins, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin donuts, pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin milkshakes…pumpkin pumpkin pumpkin!  Everything has pumpkin!

I admit, I do like pumpkin pie and I get excited about the pumpkin roll at Wegmans, but I strongly believe there should not be any pumpkin consumption or decorating with pumpkins until October 1st.  Pumpkins do not belong in September.

pumpkin collage

I bet most people have never even tasted pure pumpkin, I know I have not. “Pumpkin spice” does not have anything to do with pumpkin (it is a combination of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and allspice or cloves).

jack o lanternPumpkins in our culture are not new.  Charlie Brown had the Great Pumpkin and Cinderella’s coach turned into a pumpkin at midnight.  One of my dad’s nicknames for me when I was little was “pumpkin”.  Carving pumpkins for Halloween and eating pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving have been traditions in many homes for years, but how did we become so obsessed with pumpkin or pumpkin spice in everything we eat?  Is it similar to the Girl Scout cookie phenomenon, where we love things we can only get once a year?

I do not know where this all started, but once the calendar flips to October, you better believe there are going to be a few pumpkins on my porch and the smell of pumpkin coming from my kitchen.

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