DYK: Pumpkin Pie
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For today’s Did You Know fun food facts we will look at Pumpkin Pie.
The Facts: The first recorded recipe for “modern” pumpkin pie was published in 1796 in American Cookery by Amelia Simmons. It was called ‘Pompkin Pudding.’ The cookbook was the first one devoted to foods native to the Americas.
- In 1929, Libby’s canned pumpkin was introduced to America. Libby’s is not actually pumpkin but another kind of squash called a Dickinson that also has orange flesh.
- October 12th and December 25th are both listed as National Pumpkin Pie Day.
- Pumpkin pie is a traditional North American sweet dessert, eaten during the fall and early winter, especially for Thanksgiving and Christmas.
- The pumpkin is a symbol of harvest time and featured also at Halloween.
- Pumpkin pie consists of a pumpkin-based custard, ranging in color from orange to brown, baked in a single pie shell, rarely with a top crust. The pie is generally flavored with nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves and ginger.
- Pumpkin pie is often made from canned pumpkin or packaged pumpkin pie filling (spices included); this is a seasonal product available in bakeries and grocery stores, although it is possible to find year-round.
- Pumpkin pie was not served at the first Thanksgiving, though pumpkins were used in other recipes at the time.
- The world’s largest pumpkin pie weighed over 350 pounds and was made with 80 pounds of pumpkin, 36 pounds of sugar, and 144 eggs.