Pumpkin is a favorite ingredient of ours and we use it year round. In fall, they decorate our homes; get carved up for jack-o’-lanterns; flavor our autumn lattes; and are made into any number of variations on pumpkin pie. The rest of the year we love to use it in so many different recipes.
Thought to have their origin in North America, pumpkins were a staple in the Native American diet. When the pilgrims arrived they added pumpkin to their diets in both sweet and savory forms.
The origins of pumpkin pie may go back to the 17th century. What’s Cooking America has a nice article on Pumpkin Pie History and how the recipe evolved into the first forms of the pie we know today.