Pumpkin PieI love pumpkin pie, but most people don’t.  What is wrong with some people? How can anyone not like pumpkin pie?

So, in place of actually baking such a pie, I decided to see what I could dig up. Doesn’t taste quite as good, but what I found was at least ¦ fascinating.

1. Now for all of you who celebrate the holiday with a lot of family members, see if you can beat this. I did a little checking and found that the largest pumpkin pie ever made was over five feet round and weighed in at a little over 350 pounds. Now that is one big pumpkin pie. I can’t help but wonder how much whipped cream would be needed for that much pie?

2. Did you know that no pumpkin pie was served at the first Thanksgiving. Now that was not something I was expecting to hear. Guess they hadn’t perfected the recipe.

3. I guess no one will really know for sure, but it is thought that the pumpkin pie that we enjoy in present day can be traced back to an earlier version which consisted of hollowing out a pumpkin, filling it with milk, honey and spices and then sitting the entire pumpkin in the hot ashes of a fire.

If we had a wood fireplace, I would almost be tempted to try it out. A gas fireplace ¦ not a good idea.

4. I did a bit more digging and found the strangest thing¦
At one point, not really that long ago, pumpkin was used as an ingredient for pie crusts. I guess it didn’t occur to them to use the pumpkin as a filling. I wonder what those crusts tasted like?

5. Did you know that more than 50 million pumpkin pies are baked at this time of year! That is a lot of pumpkin pies! And sadly, not one of those 50 million pies came from my kitchen.