Do you know what I can't stand? Food fear-mongering. Sure, we all need to know the facts if a food is unsafe to eat (for instance a salmonella recall), but other than that, most food is food. As I was searching on my newsfeed this morning I came across an article shouting, "I Just Found Out Canned Pumpkin Isn't Pumpkin At All, And My Whole Life Is Basically a Lie." Intrigued, (and who wouldn't be? Most people in America have eaten pumpkin pie before) I clicked on the link and low and behold, the article went on to dramatize that pumpkin puree is not actually made from pumpkin. It's made from squash.
Do you know what pumpkin is? It's a squash. This argument makes no sense what-so-ever.
What is in Canned Pumpkin Puree?
The next time you are at the grocery store, take a look at the cans of pumpkin puree on the shelf. More often than not, it's probably a can of Libby's which wears the label: 100% Pure Pumpkin. While this is true, it's not the jack-o-lantern pumpkin you are thinking. Instead, Libby's uses Dickinson pumpkin, also known as the crookneck pumpkin in their pumpkin purees. This squash can weigh 10 to 30 pounds and features a thick orange flesh (similar to butternut squash) which is relatively smooth.
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I processed the last of my winter squash today before they get too soft. Here’s half of a Dickinson squash (aka Libby’s canned pumpkin). Last year was my first year growing this variety after trying to track it down for a few years. It’s a good grower and I plan on tripling my planting this year. #wintersquash #homegrown #dickinsonpumpkin #handlebartodd
Will this big news stop people in their tracks? Most likely not. Sure, that pumpkin flavor you love in your pumpkin cookies, smoothies, cheesecake, pumpkin pie filling, and pumpkin bread may not be made of the same fresh pumpkin you plan on turning into a jack-o-lantern, but it is still delicious.