» by Inbru on September 10, 2013
That dude’s not kidding! Once September rolls around, our thoughts turn to Pumpkin. Here at Inbru, it’s no different. While we offer Inbru Pumpkin Pie all year long, sales really pick up in the fall. We wondered: where did the American obsession with pumpkin begin?
Native American tribes of the Northeast grew squash and pumpkins. They roasted or boiled them for eating. Historians think that the settlers paid little attention to pumpkins, and other squash, until they had to survive their first harsh winter when about half of the settlers died from scurvy and exposure. Pumpkins were often given to the settlers as gifts by the native Americans and they, most likely, taught the settlers how to prepare them.
It wasn’t until about 1796 that the first American cookbook, American cookery, by an American orphan by Amelia Simmons, was published, here in America. It was also the first cookbook to feature Native American recipes.
But is pumpkin as popular in other parts of the world? The answer is a resounding “YES!” In 2008, www.top5ofanything.com ranked the world pumpkin production this way:
- China (over 6 million tons)
- India (over 3 million tons)
- Russian Federation (just under a million tons)
- United States (approximately 700,000 tons)
- Egypt (approximately 600,000 tons)
The name pumpkin, as is known today, was coined by Americans. This name can be first traced back to the Greek word “pepon”, which means big melon. The French changed “pepon” to “pumpoin”. The British changed the word further to “pumpion” before American added a little twist to make it pumpkin. Whatever you chose to call it, it’s wildly popular and abundant this time of year.
So, if you’re like most people and your thoughts turn to pumpkin at this time of year, enjoy the anti-oxidants, omega 3 fatty acids, unsaturated fatty acids, high protein, beta-carotene, vitamin E and minerals that pumpkin provides!