As you probably know pumpkin spice is an American mixture named because it’s traditionally used to flavour pumpkin pies, not because it actually includes pumpkin as an ingredient. It’s similar to mixed spice that’s traditional in England and used in Christmas cakes and mulled wine, and is often a blend of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, and sometimes allspice. Many people will have those sitting on their kitchen spice racks already. I know I do and I actually put mixed spice into my porridge long before I acquired a bottle of pumpkin spice syrup!
These days everyone knows the American mix is often referred to in the context of a Pumpkin Spice Latte from coffee shops. Starbucks popularised it from around 2003, but it was probably first introduced three years earlier by the J. L. Hufford Coffee and Tea Company of Lafayette, Indiana, according to good old Wikipedia.
Starbucks apparently experimented with improved recipes, including some that included pumpkin, but found out lattes taste best with just the spice mix and no extra vegetable matter – although technically pumpkins are classified as a type of fruit rather than a veg.
- Cinnamon: protection, luck, love and prosperity
- Nutmeg: prosperity, luck and psychic power
- Ginger: magical power, prosperity and passion
- Clove: protection and prosperity
- Allspice: prosperity, health and good fortune
So, add a little to your food or beverage of choice and make a wish for protection, prosperity, good luck and maybe a little spiciness in any other ways you desire.Pagan Portals - Rounding the Wheel of the Year, published by Moon Books. Copies can be bought from Treadwell's bookshop at 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London, or from online sellers such as Amazon.
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