I really am not sure pumpkin lobbyists exist, but if they do, they have perpetuated the best PR in the vegetable world. Yes better than the Kale lobbyists! Pumpkin PR is rigorous for months and in a frenzy state during October and November!
If pumpkin could hijack some cancer cause and make it their symbol, I fear the outcome. We’d be wearing little jack o lanterns on our lapels and decked out in orange. Pumpkin has hijacked many foods and added its’ flavors to many more. I ask, ” does the American public really like pumpkin flavor that much or have the pumpkin lobbyists manipulated them?”
It is true we could be sitting around the Thanksgiving table eating kale or collard pies instead of pumpkin. We could be cutting some other squash into a Jack O Lantern. How this orange squash-family representative raised to heights of great popularity is beyond me.
Besides people going crazy for their Pumpkin spiced latte here is a list of other tainted, I mean pumpkin items found in your grocery store:
Pumpkin pancake mix
Pumpkin muffins mix
Pumpkin scone mix
Pumpkin body lotion???
Pumpkin cream cheese
Pumpkin ice cream
Pumpkin dog treats???
Is it just me or does anyone else find it odd that mixes and flavored items dominate the pumpkin categories. Rarely does a recipe show up asking for a pumpkin to be cut up and sautéed or pureed or even cooked. Everyone knows how slimy and messy a pumpkin cut up can be. Why else would we have actual ‘pumpkin knives’ for carving? My surgeon friend tells me pumpkin season is a great source of revenue for him with all the fingers and tendon surgeries due to pumpkin cutting and carving.
Obviously I am not a pumpkin-eating fan. I like the vegetable but rarely grow it in my garden because it takes up too much room and besides cutting up one for Halloween, what do I do with the other dozen on the vine?
Tell me if you too think it is all a result of a PR machine gone crazy? Any pumpkin conspiracy theorists?