Turns Out Your Pumpkin In A Can Is Not What It Seems

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By Cooking Panda

Halloween may be over, but the holiday season is now upon is, which means pumpkins are still very, very much a trend.

You can bake them in a pie; you can roast their seeds; you can spice them up and shove them in a Starbucks drink to start a mania.

However, BuzzFeed has recently reported that all that canned pumpkin you’ve been picking up at the stores lately? Yeah — apparently it’s not necessarily pumpkin. In fact, in many cases, it’s actually butternut squash.

The horror!

As we know, pumpkins are gourds; however, not all gourds are our beloved, spooky, delicious and iconic pumpkins. 

According to BuzzFeed, even if your can of pumpkin’s label literally says that it is made with 100% authentic Halloween-pumpkin goodness (can you tell we’re still mourning the end of our favorite holiday?) that doesn’t mean it is actually made with that round, orange gourd you so know and love.

The pumpkin puree that you purchase in the grocery store is often made of squash instead.

It turns out that claiming that the cans of pumpkin are 100% pumpkin when they aren’t is actually something that’s been going on for a long time — in fact, it’s written about in a 1957 USDA document.

The text reads, “Canned pumpkin and canned squash is the canned product prepared from clean, sound, properly matured, golden fleshed, firm shelled, sweet varieties of either pumpkins or squashes by washing, stemming, cutting, steaming and reducing to a pulp.”

Yikes, ya’ll.

Apparently, companies have been substituting squash for pumpkins because even though everybody loves the look of a jack-o-lantern on Halloween night, or enjoys the idea of the squat, orange gourds transforming into functional carriages in fairytales, their flavor profile is allegedly more dull and less sweet compared to squash. Also, pumpkins aren’t the easiest thing to handle in the kitchen.

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Oh well — as long as you stuff our pies full of all the correct spices, we suppose we can live with this reveal.

Source: BuzzFeed / Photo credits: Junior Master Gardener, USDA via BuzzFeed

Tags: butternut squash, canned pumpkin, gourds, pumpkin, usda
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