Thanksgiving is full of wonderful dishes. Roast turkey, mashed potatoes… But when it comes to the Thanksgiving dessert table, there is one dessert it would not be complete without pie. This time of year, the choice is almost always a difficult one between apple and pumpkin. Before the debate reaches a fever pitch, we’ve decided to settle this dispute of seasonal sweets once and for all by pitting the competition against each other. So, what is your favorite Thanksgiving dessert: Pumpkin pie or apple pie?
The base of pumpkin pie, the pumpkin, is a plant that is native to, expectedly, North America. The early nineteenth century witnessed the solidification of pumpkin pie as a Thanksgiving dinner necessity. It is so popular that it has even poems about it. John Greenleaf Whittier, one of the most famous American poets, dedicated one of his poems to the greatness of pumpkin pie, titled “The Pumpkin.” Nowhere else in history do we see a food elevated from the status of a dessert to a symbol for beauty, hope, progress and all that is good in the world. It is impossible to compare other pies to pumpkin pie because they are not even in the same family. The foundation of all other pies is to have a taste of a nice dessert. With pumpkin pie, you taste history.
When it comes to the nutrition facts, it is not as decadently dressed as apple pie, so you receive more of the fruit’s nutrients— antioxidants like vitamins A and C, iron and calcium. Each piece has a whopping 43 grams less sugar than apple pie and a surprising five grams of protein. That’s pretty decent for a dessert.
Have you ever heard the saying, “It’s as American as apple pie?” Well, that is because no other dessert is more quintessentially American than the grand old apple pie. Apple pie is a warming symbol of peace, prosperity, and patriotism. According to Global Emissary when asked by journalists why they were going to war, American soldiers bound for the Atlantic or Pacific theaters of World War II would answer, “For Mom and apple pie.” Pie Town in New Mexico even took its name in honor of the apple pie. This is why there is no other dessert that will fill you with thankfulness like apple pie.
Apples are a low-calorie, high-fiber fruit rich in important antioxidants. Introducing the double crust, sugar, and butter of an apple pie, however, mitigates many of the fruit’s nutritional benefits. A slice of apple pie this turkey day will deliver more calories than two bags of Skittles.
Pumpkin Pie or Apple Pie?
Obviously, both are frontrunners on the dessert table. Both desserts seem to find their way into the holiday repertoires and we are left with the difficult decision of choosing the superior pie. Will you go with a slice of All-American apple or stick with the seasonal sensation, pumpkin? It’s a tough choice, isn’t it??