Halloween is long gone and thanksgiving is not far behind us…but pumpkin fever is still strong in America.
Everything is pumpkin flavoured (flavored) over here:
Lattes, pies, sweets (candy), biscuits (cookies), cereal, doughnuts (donuts), yoghurt (yogurt), crackers, tea, cream, wine, cheesecake, bread, chocolate, tortilla chips, salsa, marshmallows, moonshine, beer, bagels, jelly (jello), pretzels, milk, pancakes, crisps (chips), cream cheese, ice cream, popcorn, almonds, oatmeal and lube.
The thing is, it’s referred to as ‘Pumpkin Spice’, but it’s not ACTUALLY the flavour of a pumpkin. The worrying thing is, I don’t think many people here realise that.
“I love pumpkin!”, is something I hear a lot, but to be honest I don’t think anyone here knows what a pumpkin really tastes like.
I’ve asked many Americans if they’ve eaten pumpkin and the answer is usually “Er, hello? Pumpkin pie?” followed by a derisive look.
Ah, bless ’em.
You could make a pumpkin pie from mashed carrot, swede (rutabaga), turnip or even baby food and they won’t know as long as it tastes like ‘pumpkin’.
So, to set the record straight, this is pumpkin spice.
And this is pumpkin.
They’re very different.
I HAVE eaten pumpkin and it’s nothing like the spice. If anything it’s like the bastard lovechild between a swede and a honeydew melon.
But less sweet.
This misrepresentation of a flavour bothers me and I don’t know why. I think America needs to have flavourings that are more representative of the fruit or vegetable it’s supposed to be.