When we called our cupcake historian to invite him to Thanksgiving dinner, he regaled us with a few fun facts about pumpkin pie. We thought we’d share the five best facts. That way, we can all seem like the SMARTEST person at the dinner table.
Did you know that the pilgrims did NOT necessarily eat pumpkin pie at the first Thanksgiving? Many sources say that pumpkin pie was not introduced until the SECOND Thanksgiving in 1623 (although pumpkins were always a staple of the Native American diet). (It’s even said that Native Americans fed pumpkin to their horses.)
Did you know that the FIRST pumpkin pies were actually WHOLE BAKED PUMPKINS stuffed with assorted spices and apples? The first recipe for our kind of pumpkin pie (“pumpkin pudding baked in a crust”) doesn’t appear until the LATE 18th CENTURY (a mere 215 years ago) in a book entitled AMERICAN COOKERY by Amelia Simmons.
Did you know 50 million pumpkins pies are baked every year?
The LARGEST PUMPKIN PIE on record was five feet around. It used 80 pounds of pumpkin and baked for six hours!
And last but not least, according to the American Pie Council, 1 out of 5 Americans has eaten an ENTIRE pumpkin pie by themselves.
Illinois, by the way, is where the most pumpkins are produced.
Okay. So that’s SIX facts. Well, Thanksgiving is always a time to OVERDO.
Have a great, warm, food-and-love-filled holiday. Thanks to all of you for your support over the years.
See you next week.
Alan and Karen