Pumpkin pie spice

I think it’s cute that humans endorse error of the pumpkin spice variety.

Pumpkins are not made of cinnamon, ginger, lemon peel, nutmeg cloves, and cardamom. Combine these, and you have pumpkin pie spice.

Even when there is no pumpkin.

The reason pumpkin pie tastes like it does has nothing to do with pumpkin. It’s like painting a car black and blue, and then selling a black and blue cookie and saying its car-style.

My friend worships this “pumpkin” flavor. She knows that there is ZERO pumpkin in everything that is pumpkin flavor. And because of this absence, she says, she communes all the more deeply with the pumpkin spirit.

When you combine cinnamon, ginger, lemon peel, nutmeg cloves, and cardamom—you do not produce a pumpkin. We know this. We eat no pumpkin, and then lovingly call it pumpkin. We eat no pumpkin, but then we invoke Pumpkin Ghost and dedicate the food to Him, like prasadam to Lord Krishna. But in this case, it is our intent that the prasadam serve God by becoming him. It is the transubstantiation of Communion, in reverse.