Arts Blog: It’s all About the Pumpkin Pie

November 18, 2010  

Posted by Rachel B. Duke

Autumn is in the air, the temperatures are dropping, and leaves are changing into various, vibrant colors. These events lead up to one of the biggest American fall traditions: Thanksgiving.

What is your favorite Thanksgiving dessert? Mine is pumpkin pie. And it usually only comes around once a year and I eat as much as I can. A dollop of Cool Whip always makes the slice of pie that much better. Every fall, pumpkin pie is consumed by millions of people. It is a stamp of the traditional Thanksgiving meal. But have you ever wondered where pumpkin pie came from, and how it came to be so popular at Thanksgiving?

Well of course it came to be around the time of the pilgrims, right? Yes, this is somewhat true. Native Americans brought pumpkins to the first Thanksgiving feast but the colonists didn’t enjoy the bland taste of the vegetable. They embellished it by first, removing the seeds, and then adding milk, spices, and honey to the insides while it was cooking over hot ashes.

According to WikiAnswers, pumpkin pudding was introduced in the first American cookbook in 1796 by Amelia Simmons called, “American Cookery.” People later began to cook her pudding in crust, which has now become known as pumpkin pie.

Now you know. Enjoy your Thanksgiving holiday with great feasting and loved ones!

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