It's no surprise that pumpkins are popular in October. But something extraordinary happened this year. We've seen an explosion of pumpkin products hit the market. Do we have Starbucks to thank for the pumpkin boom? asks CNN Money Of course, there's not actually pumpkin in the latte -- it's all about pumpkin spice, which was also everywhere this year. In fact, here's an ultimate guide to all things pumpkin spice.
Beyond pumpkin spice (cinnamon + ginger + nutmeg + allspice), the orange gourd itself has never been more popular. In the last 5 years, pumpkin sales have increased 34%, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Sales of pumpkin flavored foods and beverages have increased 14% in 2013, compared to 2012; and pumpkin-flavored beers have grown by more than 1,500 percent in the past 10 years, according to Nielsen.
The interesting thing about pumpkin is that this beta carotene-rich winter squash has totally broken out of the pie shell. Pumpkin is now enjoyed in so many savory applications -- from hummus and soups to pasta and burgers. I've loved the pumpkin creations on Healthy Aperture -- we're now at more than 1,300 pumpkin recipes. Pictured above are some of those creative pumpkin creations:
Pumpkin and Coconut Spiced Pancakes by Goodness Green
Pumpkin Squash Soup with Sage by Home Sweet Jones
Savory Pumpkin Hummus by Fresh, Fit & Healthy
Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream by Saved by the Kale
Pumpkin Banana Bread by American Heritage Cooking
Apple Cider Pumpkin Butter by Put On Your Cake Pants
Chewy Choco Pumpkin Brownies by Health Yummies
Sugar & Spice Pumpkin Mini Muffins by The Way to His Heart
Pumpkin Protein Smoothie by The Healthy Family & Home
This dish by Connoisseurus Veg truly illustrates the versality of pumpkin: Baked Pumpkin Falafel Bowls with Maple Tahini Dressing
If you're looking for a pumpkin treat, these pumpkin cookies all look amazing:
Pumpkin and Raisin Peanut Butter Cups by MJ and Hungryman
Chocolate Caramel Stuffed Pumpkin Cookies by Yeah...Immaeatthat
Grain-Free Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies by cHow Divine
Pumpkin Biscotti by The Honour System
What's been your favorite way to prepare pumpkin? Let us know in the comments section.