Thanksgiving dinner cooks can breathe easier. The nearly year-long shortage of canned pumpkin is over. No hoarding or rationing necessary. The heavy rains that resulted in last year’s shortfall have not make a repeat performance this growing season.
Nestle, which sells about 85% of the country’s canned pumpkin under its Libby’s brand, reports that this year’s crop is healthy and cans are now arriving in stores across the U.S.
“I was a little panicked,” Jamie Lothridge of Toledo, Ohio, told Sarah Skidmore in an AP story. Lothridge bought more than two dozen cans last fall and was down to a handful this month when she called Libby’s to check on this year’s availability.
The fact is, pumpkin has become less of a seasonal product. It has gained a reputation as a nutritional “superfood,” and in more and more American homes, pumpkin is used year-round in breads, rolls, and muffins—as well as pies.
But, of course, demand for canned pumpkin peaks in the fall, especially as Thanksgiving nears. Last year’s shortage resulted in panic buying, and some profiteering, with cans being sold on eBay for as much as $6 or $7 a can.
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