It starts with Pumpkin Spice Lattes in September and that leads to pumpkin oatmeal, pumpkin cheerios, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin spice nuts, pumpkin body lotion, pumpkin body wash, pumpkin pasta sauce, pumpkin kale chips, pumpkin marshmallows, pumpkin spice oreos, pumpkin spice cookie butter, and the list goes on……..and on…….and on…..
It’s PUMPKIN SEASON after all, but I have a question for you and for me: what does pumpkin actually taste like? When did you actually eat pure pumpkin?
Almost all of the above products contain little, if any, pumpkin. The number one ingredient in most products: sugar! Now, if you’ve been reading the news lately you may have come across any number of articles that discuss how sugar actually has more addictive properties than cocaine! Think about that for a moment. One of the most addictive substances can be purchased almost anywhere without any legal consequences.
If sugar is the first ingredient, then surely pumpkin is the second? Nope. Not even close. Depending on the “pumpkin” product you consume, pumpkin may not even be an ingredient. A number of the products offer “artificially flavored pumpkin”: pumpkin manufactured by chemicals—YUM!! NOT!!!!! When pumpkin does end up on an ingredient list, you’ll normally find it near the bottom. NEAR THE BOTTOM?????
What does it mean then to consume a pumpkin product? Not much. I’m a fan of the Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte, but it’s only been THIS YEAR that they’ve added REAL PUMPKIN: http://abcnews.go.com/Business/starbucks-pumpkin-spice-latte-made-actual-pumpkin-year/story?id=33140320 Basically, prior to this year, I’ve been a fan of sugarized coffee drinks. How’s that for a cold hard truth?
People salivate and wait for pumpkin products, not just lattes. Trader Joe’s has a whole variety of pumpkin products that fly off their shelves starting in September, so do other stores. People everywhere have an intense craving for pumpkin, but, in reality, they’re craving SUGARIZED PUMPKIN!!!
I have a challenge for you. Do you feel up to it? Buy a pumpkin. A real pumpkin. Look for one that has the label—suitable for pumpkin pie. That way you’ll know it’s easy to cook with. Then COOK IT! Cut off the top, take out the seeds and bake it until soft. Then take it out of the oven. Let it cool off a few minutes and then taste it. TASTE THE PUMPKIN!!!!! Experience THE PUMPKIN!!!!! Embrace the PUMPKIN!!!!
If you want to add more flavors, add some Vietnamese cinnamon and maybe a bit of REAL BUTTER. Have a PUMPKIN EXPERIENCE!!!!! Take some of the rest of your cooked pumpkin and add it to the foods you like: oatmeal, pasta, etc. Take some cold brewed coffee and add a bit of the pumpkin and some milk. TASTE THE PUMPKIN.
It’s okay if you don’t care for it, but you’ll come away with an appreciation for pumpkin, an understanding of its taste. You can also take some of the cooked pumpkin and spread it on your face as a mask. You don’t need to spend $20 or more on a face mask or body scrub. You can make your own! With REAL pumpkin!
‘Tis the SEASON…… TO TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF!!!!! AND THE PUMPKINS!!!! THEY NEED TLC TOO!!!!!
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