Once pumpkin cuisine was mercifully confined to the Thanksgiving Day dessert trolley. But now it seems that a pumpkin proliferation has been fully unleashed.
At Dunkin’ Donuts, the discerning Joe lover can order a Pumpkin Creme Brulee. Then there are Pumpkin Spice Oreo cookies and Pringles Pumpkin Pie Spice potato chips, arguably major advances in food science.
Meanwhile, at Capone Foods in Somerville’s Union Square, at least one customer clamors that pumpkin pasta should be a pasta for all seasons and not just the fall.
Now there are some data points from Panjiva that suggest that the pumkin has indeed become a mainstay foodstuff of the fall season.
A firm with offices in New York and Cambridge, Panjiva analyzes bills of lading for ships bringing goods to the United States. The technologies that Panjiva uses for that analysis were developed under the leadership of company cofounder James Psota, a computer scientist from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Panjiva sells its data and analysis to manufacturers and suppliers.
According to Panjiva, shipments of pumpkin-labeled items have been increasing over the last several years, ramping up this year to 4,338 shipments, the highest number since Panjiva started tracking the data in 2008.