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Article Date » 10-17-2012

Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater

The leaves are turning, the crisp air is coming and that can only mean one thing...PUMPKIN season! Pumpkin is one of the most popular ingredients this time of year, and a quick trip to Pinterest will show you recipes for pumpkin in everything you can think of!

In the next series of All Mixed Up™ that is exactly what "The Pumpkin King" Evan Lunde wanted to impress upon the student chefs. He challenges them to create an appetizer, entrée and dessert with the famous Libby'® 100% Pure Pumpkin, and then his adds extra rule...."No Pumpkin Pie".

While we can't share the results with you yet, (tune in November 9th, 16th and 23rd at 7:30am (ET/PT on Lifetime to see) the dishes are creative, beautiful and downright yummy! And the main ingredient is Libby'® 100% Pure Pumpkin.

To celebrate this glorious multi-use Squash that is actually considered a fruit (did you know that?), we have unearthed some fun pumpkin facts for you.

Did you know.....

  • That pumpkin is grown all over the world?
    Yes, in fact six of the seven continents can grow pumpkins! Antarctica is the only continent that they won't grow in. Pumpkins even grow in Alaska!
  • That the "pumpkin capital" of the world is Morton, Illinois?
    Yes, this self proclaimed pumpkin capital is where you'll find the home of the Libby Corporation's pumpkin industry.
  • That the Irish brought the tradition of pumpkin carving to America?
    The tradition originally started with the carving of turnips. When the Irish immigrated to the U.S., they found pumpkins a plenty and they were much easier to carve for their ancient holiday.
  • That the holiday classic 'It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown' originally aired in 1966?
    After four long decades, Linus is still waiting in the same 'ole pumpkin patch. The show still airs, every year, around Halloween. It's still just as popular today and guaranteed to bring out the trick-or-treater in all of us.
  • That Canned Pumpkin is incredibly healthy for you?
    Yes, canned pumpkin is considered a nutrient-dense food because it is low in calories and fat, yet high in vitamins and minerals. Each cup of canned pumpkin contains 80 calories, 1 g of fat, 20 g of carbohydrate and 7 g of fiber. It also provides 760 percent of the daily value of vitamin A, 17 percent of vitamin C, 6 percent of calcium and 19 percent of iron.

Pumpkin is traditionally used to make pumpkin pie during the holidays, yet it can be added to a variety of nutritious dishes. You can use canned pumpkin to make soups, chili, Indian food, pancakes, desserts such as cheesecake, cream pies and well the list goes on and on and I don't know about you, but we are making ourselves hungry here so it's time to head out and get some Libby'® 100% Pure Pumpkin and start cooking!

If you can't get into the kitchen right now, head on over to our Pinterest page for beautiful ideas on what to do with pumpkin in the kitchen and more. Don't forget to follow us as we add more and more pumpkin delights!

To see the creative pumpkin recipes created by our All Mixed Up contestants don't forget to tune in Fridays November 9th, 16th and 23 rd at 7:30am (ET/PT) on Lifetime, and then after the show log on to to get the recipes!

Pumpkin, it's NOT just for Pies anymore.

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