History of Pumpkin Pies

In the Beginning...


The history of pumpkin pies can be dated back to times when America was still known as "The New World." In fact, pumpkins are native to North America, and the word pumpkin actually comes from the Greek word "pepon," which fitting stood for large melon. Legend has it, the Greeks called the delicious fruit pepon because the word almost stood for the notion "cooked by the sun."

Eventually pepon turned into "pompon," which the English changed to "pumpion." Finally, New World colonists decided to change up the word and turned pumpion into the name we know and adore today, pumpkin.


Pumpkins are close relatives of the squash, and not too distantly related to the fruit cantaloupe and other melons as well. Years ago, Native Americans began utilizing pumpkin seeds for medicinal purposes. Eventually, natives began using the pumpkin in various methods, all of which producing multiple options for food. Some of the ways pumpkins were and still are cooked include being fired, baked and boiled.

Not long after, colonists began implementing pumpkin pies as a traditional American dessert, and it has lived on to become a staple dessert for many American holidays such as the beloved Thanksgiving holiday.

Information provided by: 1. Article by Rebecca Wood. 2. Article by Kate Colquhoun. All reciepes by Food Network.