Your Pumpkin Pie May Be Lying To You in Minnesota
It's a beloved part of Thanksgiving and holiday dinners all over Minnesota. But is your pumpkin pie lying to you?
Pumpkin pie has to be one of my favorite holiday desserts and is one of those must-have items that HAS to be on my Thanksgiving menu or it just doesn't seem like the holidays. But I'm not sure how I feel about this story from the gang over at ChowHound who did a little research and found out that while we might THINK we're making pumpkin pie, it's actually more accurate to say we're making... squash pie?
That's right, your pumpkin pie might NOT actually contain pumpkin, especially if you use a can of the pumpkin pie filling that's commonly available in grocery stores across Minnesota. How's that, you ask? Well, it turns out that it's all due to a little ambiguity from the Food and Drug Administration, which, ChowHound says, doesn't really specifically define the term 'squash' and 'pumpkin.' And while all pumpkins are squash, but not all squash are pumpkins.
So, it's very likely that the can of pumpkin pie filling wasn't necessarily made with that same familiar orange pumpkin you carved for Halloween. Unless the can says it's made with 100% pumpkin, ChowHound says it's more likely it's a puree of several different kinds of winter squash-- including pumpkin.
If you’re buying the canned stuff, though, you’re probably getting something like Dickinson squash (a strain closely resembling butternut, and specially developed for Libby’s, which accounts for 85 percent of all canned pumpkin sold in the United States).
Which, as the story notes, isn't a bad thing at all-- it just makes distinguishing what's actually IN your pie a little tougher to do. And, while the phrase, "Who wants some pumpkin pie?" is probably something you're sure to hear at holiday celebrations all over the country, there are some other, more peculiar phrases you'll only hear at a Minnesota Thanksgiving. Keep scrolling to see how many of these sound familiar...