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Don’t Laugh At These Pumpkin Flavored Foods To Get You Through The Pumpkin Shortage

In this Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014 photo, pumpkins are harvested for the Libby's pumpkin cannery, which makes more than 80 percent of all canned pumpkin eaten in the United States, in Morton, Ill. The pumpkins that Nestle USA owned Libby’s uses are grown on a few thousand acres around the small central Illinois town. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

 By Alissa Walker, Gizmodo.com, SouthFloridaReporter.com, Oct. 11, 2015 – Bad news for those of you looking forward to cramming your face with the orange flesh of a mashed gourd this fall: There’s a pumpkin puree shortage in the US.

A story in Bloomberg blames heavy summer rains in the Midwest, specifically in Illinois, where about 80 percent of the pumpkins grown for puree in the US is grown. The bad weather apparently delayed the planting season, then destroyed blossoms that would have turned into the sweet winter squash. Libby’s, the Morton, Illinois company that packs the pumpkin, says yields are down by almost 50 percent.

Your Thanksgiving table might look a little bleak this year but there’s really no need to pass on the pumpkin just because you can’t have it mashed up like baby food and plopped into a can. Here are four alternatives fit for your autumn consumption.

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