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.