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History of the pumpkin
During colonial times, the Nations taught the colonists how to grow The Three Sisters and they became the favored crop. Looking for that lady with the pumpkin pie? Not gonna find it. At least not like the picture. The origins of the pumpkin pie were simple. They cut the tops off, poured in some cream, honey, eggs and spices, buried it in ashes and allowed it to cook. After it was finished they scooped the insides out like custard. Sounds great!
The Natives were a bit more economical with pumpkin. They would slice it into strips and roast them over a fire, boil the flesh, bake it and dry it. The pumpkin also kept for a long time so storing it through the winter wasn’t a problem and provided nutrition all through. They also dried the shells of pumpkins to make bowls and other useful items. The seeds were eaten and used as medicines.
In modern times, pumpkins aren’t eaten as much as they’re a toy, especially during the fall. There are still many who eat them, like that canned pumpkin pie filling, or feed them to livestock but nothing beats carving a pumpkin on Halloween. The Jack O’ Lantern was first carved in Ireland using turnips but as the tradition found it’s way over to America, pumpkins were found to be far better and easier to use.
So the next time you eye a spooky Jack O’ Lantern, just remember that it’s ancestors helped to build America far before it was America and saves many lives. Enjoy the bright colors and shapes of the different varieties of pumpkins and eat up!