It’s Fall, the Pumpkin Spice Season!

Lisa C. Daily Life, Fun Facts, Newcomer Information

As much as we hate to admit, the summer of 2020 is drawing to an end. Fall is in the air! Every fall, cafés, bath and beauty shops and grocery stores fill their shelves or menus with pumpkin spice-flavored/ scented products. From traditional pumpkin pies, pumpkin spice-scented lotions, to the famous Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks, you name it!

If you are new in Canada, you may ask, what exactly is pumpkin spice? It’s called pumpkin spice, so it must pumpkin in it, right? Today, let’s learn one thing or two about the mysterious pumpkin spice!

What is in the pumpkin spice?
  • Pumpkin spice is a spice mix of nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and sometimes allspice.
  • It doesn’t contain any pumpkin though!
Why is it called “pumpkin” spice, if it has no pumpkin in it?
  • Because pumpkin spice, sometimes also called pumpkin pie spice, is used as an ingredient in making pumpkin pies;
  • You can also use pumpkin spice as a seasoning in general cooking!
The history of pumpkin spice:
  • Pumpkin pie spice has been referenced in cookbooks dating to the 1890s;
  • Its distinct flavor comes from nutmeg, a spice that humans have been using for thousands of years.
Where do I get pumpkin spice?
  • You can mix it yourself if you have all the ingredients in your pantry. Follow this easy recipe.
  • Pumpkin spice also comes ready-mixed in most large grocery stores.

Fall is the season of harvesting, and the pumpkin is a symbol of harvest time. In the United States and Canada, the pumpkin pie is usually prepared for Thanksgiving and other occasions during the fall and early winter.

Now you’ve learned about the pumpkin spice, try this pumpkin pie recipe to get in the mood for fall!

Word of the Day:

Scent: a smell, especially one that is pleasant.

References:

https://www.history.com/news/pumpkin-spice-trade-nutmeg-archaeology

https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/20476/pumpkin-spice/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pumpkin_pie_spice

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pumpkin_pie