Large pumpkins stacked outsidePublix store

Pumpkin is a fruit (that’s right, a fruit – and also a squash and gourd) that is typically associated with Thanksgiving, especially in the form of pumpkin pie. Perhaps this is because, according to experts, pumpkin was most likely served at the first Thanksgiving feast. However, it was probably enjoyed a little differently than a traditional pumpkin pie as we know it today. Pilgrims and early settlers made pumpkin pie by hollowing out a pumpkin, filling the shell with milk, honey and spices, then baking it.

Although pumpkins originated in Central America, they are now grown on every continent except Antarctica. Publix sources our large pumpkins, most often used to make jack-o’-lanterns, from several growing regions in the United States, including Colorado, Indiana, Michigan and North Carolina.

A variety of heirloom pumpkins stacked in a pile

While the large pumpkins Publix carries in October are mostly hollow, making them unsuitable for cooking, we do carry a variety of pumpkins that make the perfect addition to your next fall dish! Check out our selection of heirloom pumpkins next time you visit your local store. You’ll notice many shapes, colors and sizes. Included in the types of heirloom pumpkins is the pie pumpkin. These pumpkins hail from the Midwest and are generally small, weighing only a couple of pounds, and very dense with meat. Pie pumpkins are great for making puree, which can be used in pies, soups and more.

If you decide to try your hand at making your own pumpkin puree, check out recipes from our Aprons® team below for inspiration on how to use it! If you want a faster route, you can also use canned Publix Pumpkin, Grade A for these dishes.

Holiday Pumpkin Soup

Pumpkin soup in a white bowl on a navy blue cloth and wood surface


Pumpkin Crème Brûlée Pie with Rich Piecrust

Pumpkin pie topped with sugar shards on dark grey surface


Pumpkin Waffles with Apple Cider Syrup

Pumpkin waffle on white plate drizzled with syrup


If the busy holiday season has you short on time, these popular Publix pumpkin products are sure to hit the spot.



Karleigh W.

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Karleigh W. joined the Publix family in 2013 as a front service clerk. Before becoming a full-time member of the team, she was a 2019 summer intern. Her love for writing, serving customers and Publix culture fuels her inspiration to bring new ideas to The Publix Checkout. Outside of work, Karleigh likes to bake, cook and spend time with her husband and their cat, Cici.

6 Comments on “At Season’s Peak: Pumpkins

  1. AvatarKassi

    So I totally thought pumpkin was a vegetable (my assumption was that it was similar to squash and I thought squash was a vegetable). You learn something new everyday!

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