Fall is basically the code word for Pumpkin Everything Season. Pumpkin pie, pumpkin lattes, pumpkin coffee creamer, and pumpkin tea are just a few staples of the season. Soon, we will be seeing lots of heavily filtered Instagram pictures of Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte. People will be buying pumpkin scented candles. There will be Pinterest boards dedicated to decorating and cooking with pumpkins. People will be painting and carving their pumpkins with the latest design fads.
In the last three years or so social media has made pumpkin, which was an incidental and oft taken for granted part of the fall season, the unsuspecting star. Nobody was checking for pumpkin ten years ago. Now errbody in these streets clamoring for pumpkin. Starbucks’ rolling out of the Pumpkin Spice Latte has become an event. Even Imminent Ned has come to anticipate Pumpkin Everything Season.
Why all the hype about pumpkin? I don’t get it, yall. Pumpkin is good, but everyone is missing out on what I think should be the new flavor of fall: sweet potato.
Have you all ever had sweet potato pie? Or rather my (or my mom’s) sweet potato pie? It’s Diabeetus on a plate, but it’s good. When adequately seasoned (particularly with sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, vanilla, nutmeg, and/or ginger), sweet potato is da bomb.
Miss me with only putting marshmallows or marshmallow fluff in your sweet potatoes. Miss me with your so called candied yams. I can’t hear you when you come to me talmbout how your inadequately seasoned sweet potatoes don’t taste good. I can’t hear you when you turn up your nose to sweet potato pie, but go and eat a slice of bland behind pumpkin pie.
Y’all sleep on sweet potato, but in reality Sweet Potato Anything snatches the wig, edges, and eyebrows offa Pumpkin Everything. BOOM!