Autumn is the Season and the Pumpkin is the Reason neighbors at Brunswick Plantation and Golf Resort join folks across the nation to enjoy…Pumpkin spice in lattes, smoothies, pie, cake, candy, soups, breads, and many other tasty treats! Pumpkins are native to America. In fact, Native Americans even ate them in Pre-Historic times. Archeologists have dug up pumpkin seeds in Native American dwellings in Colorado and in Peruvian ruins.
Pumpkins & Colonists in America
Pumpkins were introduced to the European colonists in the seventeenth century. They gave them the name pumpion or pumpkin, originating from the Greek word, “pepon” meaning “large melon”! Pumpkins are fruits and belong to the gourd family. They are closely related to melons and cucumbers.
The pumpkin is easy to grow, needing only sun, water, and space! This is one reason the plentiful pumpkins were a life-saving food for the colonists. They learned a variety of ways to cook it and feasted on pumpkin stew, mashed pumpkin, and pumpkin beer! The pumpkin seeds were steeped in hot water to brew a dark tea. This strong potion was used as medicine. The colonists ate so much pumpkin that they made up a a little tune, “We have pumpkin at morning and pumpkin at noon. If it were not for pumpkin, we should be undoon!”
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Pumpkins in Literature
Pumpkins have a place in the literature for our children. Peter, Peter Pumpkin Eater eats them in the nursery rhyme, Peanuts keeps a lookout for famed Great Pumpkin in the cartoon, and Cinderella’s Fairy godmother turns one into a magic coach in the Fairy Tale of Cinderella! So, pumpkins are a part of our national culture!
Pumpkin Jack O’Lanterns
The original Jack O’Lanterns were carved turnips and the tradition was brought to the United States by Irish immigrants. The Jack O’Lantern legend goes back hundreds of years in Irish history with the Tale of Stingy Jack. A Irish legend to be told!
Stingy Jack was a miserable , old drunk who liked playing tricks on everyone including the devil himself. One day, he tricked the devil into climbing a tree. Jack quickly placed crosses around the trunk of the tree, keeping the devil stuck since he was unable to touch a cross. Once he promised not to take Jack’s soul when he died, the devil climbed down out of the tree.
Many years later when Stingy Jack died, he went to the pearly gates of Heaven and was told by Saint Peter that he was not allowed to enter! Saint Peter told Jack that because he was mean and cruel and had led a miserable, worthless life in earth, Heaven was not to be his home. The devil kept his promise and would not allow Jack to enter Hell either. Since Jack had nowhere to go, he was to wander around forever in the dark Netherworld between Heaven and Hell!
When Jack asked the devil how he could leave when he could not see, the devil tossed Jack an ember from the flames of hell to light his way. The Turnip was Jack’s favorite food and he always carried one with him. Jack roamed the earth without a resting place, lighting his way as he went with his Jack O’Lantern!
On all Hallow’s Eve, the Irish hollowed out Turnips, rutabaga’s gourds, potatoes, and beets. They placed a light in them to ward off evil spirits and keep Stingy Jack away! These were the original Jack O’Lanterns! When the first wave of Irish immigrants came to America in the 1800’s, they discovered that Pumpkins were bigger and easier to carve out and used them for Jack O’Lanterns! Jack O’Lantern Pumpkins are still popular today in America on Halloween!
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National Pumpkin Day
Pumpkins are a delicious part if our culture and symbol of the Autumn season! National Pumpkin Day, October 26, is a day to celebrate pumpkins for their spice and taste! It is also a time to for carving a pumpkin for a Jack O’Lantern! Pumpkin spice latte’s are popular at many restaurants! Pumpkin ice cream is really cool, too! Pumpkin flavor is a favorite to many children and adults, too!
Credit for this article…nationaldaycalendar.com
Locally, in Little River SC, Indigo Farms has their own Pumpkin Day Celebration …9am – 4:30 pm…On October 18th this year. It is always held on the 3rd Saturday in October! There will be pumpkin activities such as Painting and Pick Your Own Pumpkin! There is Special Music and Old Farm Games for All Ages!Join the Pumpkin Fun with an event that Brings Out the Kid in Everyone! www.indigofarmsmarket.com
Pumpkin Recipes 4 U!
Spicy Pumpkin Soup
- 3 & 1/2 cooked Or Canned Pumpkin
- 2 cups Chicken Or vegetable Broth
- 1 tsp. Curry Powder
- 1/2 tsp. Dried Thyme
- 3 Bay leaves
- 1/2 tsp. Salt
- 1/2 tsp. Freshly Ground Pepper
- 1 tsp. Butter OR Olive Oil
Directions: Mix together in medium saucepan & heat over medium heat. Recipe shared by: recipe4Living …wendybird Moneta, VA.
Pumpkin Ginger Squares
- 1 cup Flour
- 1/2 cup Quick Rolled Oats
- 1/2 cup Brown Sugar
- 1/2 cup Butter
- 1 can Pumpkin (small)
- 1 can evaporated milk (13 1/2 oz. can)
- 2 Eggs
- 3/4 cup Sugar
- 1/2 tsp. Salt
- 1 tsp. Cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp. Ginger
- 1/4 tsp. Ground Cloves
- 1/2 cup Chopped Nuts
- 1/2 cup Brown Sugar
- 2 Tablespoons Butter
- Combine first 4 ingredients, mix well until crumbly & Press in a 9 x 13 Greased Pan – Bake 15 minutes @ 350 Degrees.
- Combine next 8 Ingredients. Beat Well & Pour over Hot Crust. Bake 20 Minutes.
- Combine Nuts, Brown Sugar, & Butter to Sprinkle over Baked Pumpkin.
- Then return to oven…15 – 20 Minutes Till Set.
- Cool & Cut in Squares.
- Serve with Whipped Cream!
Recipe Shared By: De Dee Trainor @ Brunswick Plantation
Pumpkin Roll with Cream Cheese Filling
- 3 Eggs
- 1 cup Sugar
- 2/3 cup Pumpkin
- 1 tsp. Lemon
- 1/2 tsp. Salt
- 1 cup Chopped Pecans
- 3/4 cup Flour
- 1 tsp. Baking Powder
- 2 tsp. Cinnamon
- 1 tsp. Ginger
- 1/2 tsp. Nutmeg
- Beat Eggs on high speed for 5 minutes, gradually adding Sugar.
- Stir in Pumpkin & Lemon Juice
- Stir Flour, Baking Powder, Spices, & Salt together.
- Fold into Pumpkin
- Spread in greased Floured 15 x 10 x 1 Inch Pan lined with Parchment Paper.
- Top with Chopped Pecans.
- Bake @ 375 Degrees for 15 Minutes.
- Turn onto towel Sprinkled Heavily with Powdered Sugar.
- Starting at Long End, Roll Towel & Cake Together.
- Cool; Unroll.
- Fill with Filling, Reroll, & Freeze (This makes cutting much easier.)
- When ready to Serve, Remove from Freezer & Slice.
- Beat 1 Cup Powdered Sugar, Two 3 Oz. Cram Cheese, 4 Tablespoons Butter, 1/2 tsp. Vanilla.
Recipe shared by: Phyllis Billingsley @ Brunswick Plantation
- 4 Eggs
- 2/3 cup Water
- 1 cup Crisco Oil
- 1 can pumpkin pie filling (Or 1 can of pumpkin & Increase spices to taste – generously)
- 3 1/2 cups Flour
- 3 cups Sugar
- 2 tsp. Soda
- 1 1/2 tsp. Salt
- 1 tsp. Cinnamon
- 1 tsp. Nutmeg
- Cloves…to liking
- Nuts (Optional)
- Pumpkin Seasoning… to liking
- Allspice… to liking
- Beat Eggs
- Add Oil, Water, & Pie Mix
- Add Dry Ingredients
- Mix Well
- Bake in Greases & Floured Tins @ 350 Degrees for 1 Hour
- Makes Two Large & 1 Small OR 6 Small Loaves
- Can Freeze
From: Mrs. Richard Webster in Three River’s Cookbook (Pittsburgh, PA.) Shared by: Bev Filer @ Brunswick Plantation
Baked Pumpkin Seeds
- Pumpkin Seeds
- Olive Oil
- Non stick Cooking Spray (Optional)
- Baking Sheet
- Preheat Oven to 350 Degrees
- Clean Your Pumpkin Seeds Under Water. Make sure there is No Excess Pulp from the Pumpkin. Then set them on Paper Towels to Fully Dry.
- Spray your Baking Sheet with Non-stick Cooking Spray OR Coat with a Thin Layer of Cooking Oil.
- Spread your clean dry Pumpkin Seeds on the Baking Sheet Evenly. Coat them with a Tablespoon of Olive Oil & Toss to make sure they are covered evenly.
- Sprinkle the Pumpkin Seeds with Salt. TIP: If you want your seeds to be extra salty, boil them in Salted Water for 10 Minutes. Drain & Dry; Then Bake.
- The most common question when it comes to the recipe is how long do you bake the Pumpkin Seeds. Bake the Pumpkin Seeds in the oven for 20 – 30 Minutes OR Until Golden Brown. MAKE Sure to Toss the Pumpkin Seeds every 10 Minutes!
- Allow Seeds to Cool before you begin Snacking!
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Happy Pumpkin Day! Enjoy the Pumpkin Season in Coastal Carolina…Lots to Do! Brunswick Plantation and Golf Resort truly is “The Two State Solution To Fun” in every Season! Wishing You & Yours Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice!