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.