'Tis the season for all things pumpkin, only it isn't pumpkin that's in your pie, or your pasta or even your muffins and yummy moist pumpkin bread, because it isn't usually (or actually) pumpkin in that can on the shelf in your favorite grocery store. WHAT?? Scandal! The internet is blowing up over this but really there's nothing at all to be alarmed about, if fact if you are, you are being nothing but a "Capitain Literal" (you know, close cousin to "Captain Obvious").
Apparently, the FDA doesn't particularly distinguish between pumpkin and squash...after all a pumpkin is a squash. So much of most food companies who sell canned pumpkin include a mix of squashes in their canned "pumpkin" including Butternut squash. Mind blown? Yeah mine's not.
So it's "squash pie" & "squash muffins". Can you wrap your brain around that? It's ok, technically a pumpkin is a squash so close enough I figure. And in some cases like "Libby's" canned pumpkin, it IS indeed pumpkin flesh in that can, it's just not the pumpkin on your doorstep, because those aren't as colorful when cooked and perhaps most importantly, because those just don't taste as good.
So here's what the pumpkin looks like that's in Libby's pumpkin items...it's called a Dickinson Pumpkin which isn't quite as beautiful but it sure tastes good, and isn't that the bottom line?
Moral of the story is this: if you love all of your pumpkin stuff, this is a non story, keep on doing what you're doing. and just chalk it up to... now ya know.