Love it or hate it, pumpkin spice is everywhere.
But, people didn’t always consider pumpkin to be something delicious. Cindy Ott, author of Pumpkin: The Curious History of an American Icon, says that in colonial America pumpkin “was a food of last resort” and “pumpkin eater” was a derogatory term for poor farmers.
But that all changed in the mid-19th century when pumpkins made a huge comeback thanks to nostalgic Americans. We owe them a lot because that’s when pumpkin pie became a household staple.
Then in the 20th century farmers started growing pumpkin patches again and making profit by selling them to city folk who wanted a little country injected into their lives. Ott says that, “The pumpkin became a commodity because of the image it represents about rural life.”
Today you can get Pumpkin Spice Lattes (PSL), pumpkin beer, pumpkin spice greek yogurt and there’s even PS cooking sprays to inject the flavour into your home cooking!
Basically, we are obsessed.