Three Fun Facts about Pumpkins and Pies
1. The word "pie" may be derived from "magpie," a bird that had a habit of collecting a variety of objects for its nest. Early pies usually had a wide collection of ingredients in it.
2. The term "eating humble pie" comes from "umble pie," a dish filled with heart, liver, and other offal from cow, pig, and deer, which were eaten by the lower classes.
3. Pumpkins are a fruit squash from the genus Cucurbita. The word pumpkin is of European origin, from the Greek word pepon, which the French adapted to pompon, and then the English to pumpion. The American colonists then turned it to pumpkin. The word squash, however, derives from a Massachusetts Native American word, askutasquash, meaning "eaten raw."
Miniature Pumpkin Pie made by Pippaloo,.