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HAPPY [EARLY] THANKSGIVING (: !
My favorite thing about Thanksgiving, PUMPKiNPiE! Not to mention, it`s decorated as a cute turkey. :)
[WHAT iS "PUMPKiN"?!]
The name pumpkin originated from the Greek word for "large melon" which is "pepon." "Pepon" was changed by the French into "pompon." The English termed it "pumpion" or "pompion."
[A LiTTLE HiSTORY FOR YOU]
1621 - Early American settlers of Plimoth Plantation (1620-1692), the first permanent European settlement in southern New England, might have made pumpkin pies (of sorts) by making stewed pumpkins or by filling a hollowed out shell with milk, honey and spices, and then baking it in hot ashes. An actual present-day pumpkin pie with crust is a myth, as ovens to bake pies were not available in the colony at that stage.
Northeastern Native American tribes grew squash and pumpkins. They roasted or boiled them for eating. Historians think that the settlers were not very impressed by the Indians squash and/or pumpkins until they had to survive their first harsh winter when about half of the settlers died from scurvy and exposure. The Native Americans brought pumpkins as gifts to the first settlers, and taught them the many used for the pumpkin. This is what developed into pumpkin pie about 50 years after the first Thanksgiving in America.
The early settlers of Plimoth Plantation brought English cookery and possibly some English cookbooks with them to the new world. The present day historians of Plimoth Plantation don`t really know what cookbooks, if any, were owned by the 17th century settlers.
*Who knew that just one experiment with food would change Thanksgivings forever?