By Lynnola Christman
Archaeologists discovered that the oldest domesticated pumpkin seeds were founded in Oaxaca Highlands of Mexico. Pumpkins were originated in Central America about 7,500 years ago. In 1536, “the orange gourds” were first mentioned in Europe, where they were regularly grown. They were originally called “pumpions.” which came from the French word “pompon.” This is a reference to their rounded form and it eventually evolved to the name “pumpkin.”
Northeastern Native American tribes grew squash and pumpkins. They brought the first settlers pumpkins as gifts and taught them the many uses for the gourd. European settlers continued to use the recipes, adding their own special spices. The pumpkin pie was developed 50 years after the first Thanksgiving in America.
The way people originally made pumpkin pie might come as a surprise. European and Native Americans didn't have pie plates and mixers. So how did people make pumpkin pie? They used what they had. The shape of the pumpkin was a perfect pie plate. They didn't use crust, but they used the pumpkin itself as the “crust,” filled it with sweetened milk, spices and just put it into a fire.
If you would like to speak to someone who made the pie, Cedric Scott actually made it himself! He brought it to school and some teachers tried it. Mrs. Vadala says, “The pie was delicious! Eating the pumpkin crust was surprisingly good.” If you’d like to make this for your family this Thanksgiving, you can find the full recipe at https://soufflebombay.com. It would make an interesting and educational additional to any Thanksgiving feast.