And now they are among us.
Quietly smug or celebrated wildly. On television, advertisements and the radio.
Their orange visage does not neither contribute, nor decimate my perspective of October.
BY MARK WALLACE MAGUIRE
And, yet, they seem to be everywhere leaving many of us confused. Wondering what to eat for our special fall treat. What to drink. What to be.
I am talking about pumpkins and the innumerable pumpkin-related products that have flooded – and continue to flood – the market the last several years.
I remember growing up we celebrated pumpkins by buying one and carving a ragged, snaggle-toothed Jack O’ Lantern. But that was it as far as Pumpkin adventures in our home and in most other households I visited.
We never even had pumpkin pie in my family. Putting vegetables in any sweet seemed downright blasphemous, especially with chocolate, vanilla, cream cheese and various fruits around.
But that was then.
This is now.
Now, the orange vegetables have taken over and they are everywhere.
Pumpkin beer, Pumpkin bread, Pumpkin muffins, Pumpkin donuts, Pumpkin pancakes, Pumpkin Vodka, Pumpkin Kale Chips, Pumpkin Ice Cream, Pumpkin Yogurt and the king of them all, Pumpkin Spice Latte (which actually would have been a great name for a band or rapper 20 years ago.)
But what about the rest of us? The silent autumnal eaters who don’t care for pumpkins or pumpkin-flavored anything. Where is our vegetable of the season to celebrate and consume? Where should we turn? Late season corn? Fall squash? Acorn-flavored soup?
Nope, no one makes anything crazy out of those vegetables, except for Corn Liquor of which I would rather eat pumpkin bread than taste that I-don’t-want-to-be-crazy drink.
Nope. Us non-Pumpkinites sit quietly and watch the world go orange crazy for a few months.
But there is hope.
Perhaps in a few years, somebody will invent another, or additional, fall food to be dispensed into every dish. These days, there is always a craft market for something new.
I might even do it myself, so if you see me hawking locally-sourced corn beer, hand-cut, artisanal baked squash bread or organic acorn chips, you can say I told you so.
In the meantime, to my brothers and sisters in the anti-pumpkin movement, stay strong and carry on.