Wednesday, November 25, 2009

The Seven Days of Thanksgiving, Day 6: Sweet As Pie

Illinois was the top pumpkin-producing state in 2008, yielding 496 million pounds of the total national output of 1.1 billion pounds. Additionally, California, Pennsylvania and New York each produced at least 100 million pounds of pumpkins.

Modern pumpkin pie was not produced until the 18th century.

Most commercially-available canned pumpkin, notably that marketed by the Libby’s corporation, is in actuality a variety of squash known as the Dickinson field pumpkin.

Punkin chunkin' (also known as pumpkin chuckin') is a competitive activity wherein teams assemble mechanical devices, amongst them catapults and air cannons, designed to hurl pumpkins.

According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the largest pumpkin pie ever made weighed 2020 pounds, and measured more than twelve feet wide by four inches deep. Read all about it here.

I would write more, and post a recipe, but pumpkin pie is one traditional holiday favorite that I don't care for. Feel free to have my share this year.

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