1st day of fall is here: 5 things you probably didn’t know
CNN September 22, 2018 12:56 am09/22/2018 12:56am
Yes, the season for chunky scarves, pumpkin-spiced everything and fantasy football is upon us. Fall, autumn, harvest season -- whatever you call it -- starts Saturday, September 22, in the Northern Hemisphere. Here are some interesting things to know about the season.
By Cassandra Santiago and Amanda Barnett, CNN
(CNN) — Yes, the season for chunky scarves, pumpkin-spiced everything and fantasy football is upon us. Fall, autumn, harvest season — whatever you call it — starts Saturday, September 22, in the Northern Hemisphere. Here are some interesting things to know about the season:
1. Fall isn’t caused by the Earth’s distance from the sun
It’s called “leaf peeping.” When the chlorophyll fades and those captivating colors finally glow through, people travel from near and far to take a closer look (and lots of pictures). States in New England, a popular destination for leaf peepers, rake in billions in tourism dollars each fall.
4. Fall is only ‘fall’ to Americans, even though the term was coined in Britain
What do you call the picking of ripe sweet potatoes, squash and pumpkins? Harvest. That was the word used until the 1300s to describe the next few months of weather. Because “harvest” also meant the gathering of ripe crops, when the word “autumn” showed up in English writing its popularity soared.
Some time after, poets coined the phrase “the fall of leaves” — shortened to “fall” in the 1600s. The word “autumn” still remained popular throughout England’s period of colonizing the world. The lack of consistent communication between the English and the people in the American colonies led to differences in the language. By the mid-1800s, the word “fall” had firmly rooted itself in America.
5. The flavor pumpkin spice doesn’t actually taste quite like pumpkins
We’re here — the time of year when your favorite snacks hit store shelves (and Starbucks) in pumpkin-spice flavors. We’re talking lattes, cereal, ice cream, butter and even yogurt.
But what exactly goes into the beloved flavor of fall? Truth is, it’s almost never the orange-fleshed vegetable — pumpkin. Instead, the flavor comes from a mix of ground cinnamon, nutmeg, dry ginger and cloves, except when food companies take over. Most times, they create a synthetic version using chemicals found naturally in pumpkins and some of the previously listed spices. Those chemicals trick your brain into thinking that whatever concoction you’re consuming is pumpkin.