The proliferation of pumpkin seems to have happened almost overnight. This fall every store and restaurant seems to be selling a special pumpkin flavored product and people are gobbling them up.
Pumpkin spiced lattes, pumpkin beer, pumpkin ice cream and so much more become available this time of year. As one of my friends said, you can take any food, put pumpkin in front of it, and find someone who makes it.
Pumpkins are so popular now that Food Network has a month-long show dedicated to chefs competing to carve pumpkins into new scary looking desserts. And that’s not the only channel showing pumpkin-themed specials.
When the weather gets the least bit chilly everyone begins talking about pumpkins and their favorite pumpkin-flavored treat.
While I appreciate all the new food and drinks to try, I’m still a bit confused as to how all of this happened.
I’m probably too young to be having a senior moment where I say that everything used to be simpler back in my day, but everything used to be simpler back in my day.
I remember when the only pumpkin product you could readily find was pumpkin pie. And the only times you wouldn’t look weird eating it were around Thanksgiving and Christmas.
This just goes to show that pumpkin is truly an embodiment of the American dream.
It started out working a couple of small jobs around the holidays, earning just enough to put food on the table for its family. It then pulled itself up by its bootstraps, or some pumpkin equivalent, and began rising up through the ranks.
Today, pumpkin is one of the most famous and talked about flavors in the country. It is quite the inspiring tale.
So while you drink your pumpkin spiced latte from Starbucks and eat your pumpkin soup from ABP, feel good that you are contributing to that dream.
When the leaves are changing color, the air is crisp and there is a slight crunch in your step, you know fall is upon us. That means one thing—it’s pumpkin season, the best food flavored season of all. Pumpkin is not only delicious but can be eaten in almost any form and quantity.
There are pumpkin muffins, pumpkin bread, pumpkin cheesecake, pumpkin ice cream, pumpkin bagel and cream cheese; the list really goes on. The sweet taste of pumpkin spice amps up anticipation for fall while letting nostalgia take its rain over your senses.
Pumpkin not only tastes great but also provides memories of childhood fun at the pumpkin patch and the best parts of fall rolled together in one tasty morsel. As a kid I loved opening my lunch to find the pumpkin snack cake my mom had packed, or baking the pumpkin apple bread for our neighbor's Halloween party.
Some people may try to ague that the pumpkin hype is out of hand. To those people I have two things to say. Are you allergic to pumpkin and therefore jealous, or are you crazy? Those are the only two explanations I can think of as to why you wouldn’t be excited about a season where everything is festive and delicious. A menu overrun with pumpkin items isn’t “overboard,” rather considerate as it gives us a greater opportunity to savor every opportunity for pumpkin in the short three months we have in fall.
I think almost everyone can agree pumpkin makes the world a better place—a place where people are excited about the colder weather and shorter days. So take a moment this fall to sit back and look at the colorful trees, walk through a pile of crunchy leaves, and take a bite of that warm pumpkin bread and know that it’s going to be a great season.