I have some bad news. I really don't want to let you down but the delicious contents of the cans that line grocery store shelves in the fall is not even a real pumpkin. OMG what, Why, How?
So what is this mysterious, delicate, smooth, and tasty substance in the pumpkin can? It's actually a combination of several variety of squash!
There is a simple explanation for all of this madness. The beautiful orange pumpkins that we know just don't have the right texture and flavor that squash does. Some makers also include some pumpkin, but the majority of the can is still squash. Pumpkin is much more stringy, and has a mild or bland flavor. Squash on the other hand has a much richer and sweeter flavor. When squash is pureed it is very smooth and velvet like. This makes those pumpkin pies so silky smooth.
So even though it's not the beautiful orange globe of a real pumpkin we can still embrace canned pumpkin. After all squash pie just doesn't have the same ring to it that pumpkin pie does.
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