Canned Pumpkin Isn’t Really Pumpkin and I Feel Like My Life is A Lie

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What the actual heck? I just found out canned pumpkin isn’t even really pumpkin, and my whole world just imploded. I feel like my life is a lie.

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Turns out, canned pumpkin is actually squash. They are winter gourds, to be exact.

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So, when I make my family special pumpkin muffins, I am actually making the squash muffins! When I make pumpkin pie, I am actually making squash pie! When I make special pumpkin crepes, I am making — you guessed it — squash crepes!

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I want to say “Ew,” but it tastes so good!

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The pumpkin puree label even says “100% Pure Pumpkin,” but it isn’t so. Turns out, they can use any winter goard, and call it a pumpkin.

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Pumpkins, it turns out, are too stringy and watery to use as a puree.

Think about the times you scoop out those pumpkin guts to make your Jack-O-Lanterns. Stringy as heck, aren’t they. That wouldn’t work for a smooth puree.

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Most canned pumpkin is actually a Dickinson’s Pumpkin, or squash as they are sometimes called. It is a smoother gourd, that can be processed into the ulta smooth puree that we know and love.

The Dickinson isn’t as photogenic as the big, round Halloween pumpkin, so they use a picture of a regular pumpkin on the label.

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I’ll just suck it up, and keep eating it. It’s too good not to. Squash, winter gourd, pumpkin, it’s all the same anyway, right?!?

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While we may have lied to our entire lives, one thing is for certain – it sure is tasty!

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Looking for more pumpkin goodness? Check out these pumpkin spice pancakes!

Or this delicious pumpkin pie smoothie bowl!

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One Comment

  1. When I saw the headline, it was even scary for a second! But what is the difference what is in a jar if it is 100% natural :))) Recently I have cooked pumpkin pancakes according to your recipe and was very pleased. You have an interesting blog, thank you!

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