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Old 11-28-2013, 05:13 AM
 
Location: Tennessee/Michigan
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On the "Today" show, über-celebrity chef Michael Chiarello showed how to make pumpkin pie brulee. It started as a typical morning-show cooking segment until Michael shared a surprising fact about canned pumpkin: "It's not pumpkin at all. It's blue hubbard squash." Yep, all those delicious pumpkin pies and breads you have been eating have actually been made from squash all along.

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Old 11-28-2013, 12:12 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in the universe
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On the "Today" show, über-celebrity chef Michael Chiarello showed how to make pumpkin pie brulee. It started as a typical morning-show cooking segment until Michael shared a surprising fact about canned pumpkin: "It's not pumpkin at all. It's blue hubbard squash." Yep, all those delicious pumpkin pies and breads you have been eating have actually been made from squash all along.

Daytime TV Clips & Recaps: GMA, Today Show & More | Yahoo TV
Interesting, however, pumpkin is a squash.
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Old 11-30-2013, 03:09 AM
 
Location: Volcano
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Like many of this type of food expose, it's got an element of truth to it, but isn't exactly accurate.

Libby's, the #1 brand of canned pumpkin by far, is made from Dickinson pumpkins.

Here's a more accurate report from 2008...

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Some manufacturers make "pumpkin" puree from one or more kinds of winter squashes such as butternut, Hubbard, and Boston Marrow, which can be less stringy and richer in sweetness and color.

But before we start crying fraud, it is interesting to note the rather fuzzy distinction between pumpkins and squashes. There are three varieties of winter squashes: Cucurbita pepo, Cucurbita maxima, and Curcubita moschata. C. pepo includes the gourds we traditionally think of as pumpkins, such as the kind used for jack-o'-lanterns. Hubbard and Boston Marrow squashes fall into the C. maxima category, while C. moschata includes butternut squashes as well as the Dickinson pumpkins used by Libby's, the producer of most of the canned pumpkin in North America.

Canned Pumpkin: What Is It Really Made Of? | The Kitchn
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Old 11-30-2013, 02:47 PM
 
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A common source of the pumpkin in cans -- "Neck Pumpkin" -- also looks nothing like a pumpkin, but they are all basically the same idea -- thick-fleshed, orange winter squashes. You'd never know it was a different squash variety if they used Buttercup or Jumbo Pink Banana, either -- only if they blew it and used something really pale and different-tasting, like Sweet Dumplings.
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Old 12-01-2013, 07:51 PM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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My pies were made with pumpkin ...
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