Here a Pumpkin, There a Pumpkin…
A couple years ago, I moved to a small town in Illinois that celebrates fall with an annual Pumpkin Festival. For more than 50 years now, Sycamore has delighted its residents and out-of-town visitors with thousands of carved and decorated pumpkins that fill the courthouse lawn. Although the bulbous orange fruit that we all associate with the season is a well-loved icon, nowadays we’re just as likely to see squatty creamcolored ones, nubby speckled pumpkins, or even smooth greenish varieties. And while a child will always delight in scooping out a crazy grinning jack-o’-lantern, adults are continuing the joy of pumpkin carving with elaborate and intricate designs. During the fall season, not only are we carving pumpkins, enjoying the seeds and using these gourds to decorate our homes, but we’re also having our senses bombarded with their traditional taste and smell. Who doesn’t enjoy a creamy slice of pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving? Or what about a pumpkin spice latte to warm up a chilly morning? You can bring the aroma indoors with a pumpkin-scented candle, or smooth on pumpkin pie– smelling lotion. Pumpkin Spice Candy Corn sounds rather yummy, and
I’d be willing to give Pumpkin Spice Twinkies a try. But Pumpkin Pie
Spice Pringles or hummus? I’m not so sure about those. Once, I saw a sign outside an auto repair shop stating, “We have pumpkin spice oil changes!” While it’s funny to think about the plethora of pumpkin-spice products that hit the shelves when autumn rolls around, it does prove that pumpkins are still iconic to the season. And, they’ve definitely moved beyond the traditional orange globes. No matter your decorating style, you’re likely to find one of these fall beauties to suit your style— and maybe even your taste.