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Canned pumpkin is not what you think it is

Thursday, February 02, 2017

Libby's Pure Pumpkin - But instead of those pumpkin varieties, Libby's grows a proprietary strain of tan skinned Dickinson squash.

And although Libby's does refer to its fruit as "pumpkin" in appearance, taste, and texture (not to mention species) it more closely resembles squash. In fact, its closest high-profile relative is butternut squash.

Because the FDA finds that drawing a hard line designation between pumpkins and "golden fleshed" winter squash is murky, it's perfectly legal for Libby's and other canned pumpkin brands to label their products as such. In addition, companies are allowed to combine different plant varieties into one puree to achieve a desired flavor and consistency especially beneficial if one type doesn't grow as well from one year to the next.

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    I have used fresh buttercup squash for my "pumpkin" pies for over 25 years, you can't really tell the difference with all the spices anyway, nutrition is the same.
    804 days ago
    805 days ago
    Our state grows more pumpkins than anywhere and is responsible for most of the ones sold in stores at Halloween. We have a pumpkin farm a mile away. These kind are not really very tasty really. They are used for carving. Sweet potato pie is actually better than pumpkin pie.
    805 days ago
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    Thanks for the link.
    I heard about this last year and now instead of buying the cans I use fresh butternut squash or sweet potatoes (yams) - at least I know what I am eating and it actually tastes so much better.
    805 days ago
    805 days ago
    I did not know this. Great info thanks.
    805 days ago
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