Pumpkin pie is a real classic. Its rustic orange color and sweet, earthy taste makes it a favorite for fall celebrations. Historians believe the first pumpkin pies -- or at least a forerunner to pumpkin pie -- were made by American settlers at Plymouth. The Native Americans showed them many uses for pumpkin. More like a custard than actual pie, Pilgrims filled a hollowed out pumpkin with milk, honey and spices, baking it in hot ashes on the fire.
In 1796, Amelia Simmons wrote the first cookbook ever created and published completely in America. This cookbook, "American Cookery," featured probably the first real pumpkin pie recipe -- though she called it "pumpkin pudding."
Although you can make a pumpkin pie from scratch, many people choose to utilize canned pumpkin for the task. Canned pumpkin appeared on grocery shelves starting in 1929, and remains a pantry staple to this day.