A few months back when I was showing pictures of the sugar pumpkins I had grown, a reader commented on them and in passing, mentioned that her dad (I think that’s what she said) had worked in a pumpkin processing plant (at first I typed “pumpkin factory” but for some reason, that made me laugh!) and that a lot of what we buy as canned pumpkin may have varieties of squash added.
Within days of her comment, I began seeing articles about this – mostly concerning pumpkin drinks at Starbucks.
I’m not picking on the pumpkin industry. I’ve bought whatever is in those cans for years and I never knew the difference. It’s good stuff. It tastes like pumpkin . . or what I’ve come to think “pumpkin” tastes like. If I didn’t have my own pumpkin, I’d buy it and be happy to have it, even now knowing that it may not be all pumpkin. I just don’t see why we can’t be told the truth . . not just about pumpkin but about everything! There’s nothing wrong with saying “it’s not your business” or “you don’t need to know” or “in the interest of national security, we can’t tell you that right now”. Anything short of 100% truth is no longer truth . . in my opinion.
As far as pumpkin, yes! I do know what will be in my pies this year!
I planted the seeds, I watched the vines grow, I got all excited when the first tiny little pumpkins appeared. I picked the sugar pumpkins, I peeled them til my fingers ached and canned the chunks. Then I roasted them, scooped out the pulp and froze it. It’s hard work but it’s worth it to know exactly what I’m eating and to know exactly how it was grown and how it was processed.
It kinda makes me wonder now what else we may think is one thing but it’s something else. In the end, I suppose it doesn’t matter . . so long as dessert on Thanksgiving Day tastes like pumpkin pie, we’ll all be happy.