Pumpkin Perfection – The Great Squash We Love To Hate

I have heard it said finding love is better than being wealthy.
However I don’t think there is much truth in that saying.
Have you ever tried paying your electric bill with a hug?

pumpkin seed Pumpkins are thought to have originated in North America. The oldest evidence, pumpkin-related seeds dating to 7000 BC, have been found in Mexico.

What’s in a name? Pumpkin as it applies to winter squash has different meanings depending on variety and vernacular. In North America and the United Kingdom, “pumpkin” traditionally refers to only certain round, orange varieties of winter squash. In Australian “pumpkin” can refer to any variety of winter squash.

Pumpkin has many uses beyond being a Halloween Jack-O-Lantern decoration.
Most parts of the pumpkin are edible, including the fleshy shell, the seeds, the leaves, and their flowers. Pumpkin can be boiled, baked, steamed, or roasted. It is often made into pie. In Canada, Mexico, United States, Europe and China, the seeds are often roasted and eaten as a healthy snack.

In South Asian countries such as India, pumpkin is cooked with butter, sugar, and spices. In Australia and New Zealand, pumpkin is often roasted in conjunction with other vegetables. In Myanmar, pumpkins are used in both cooking and desserts (candied). In Vietnam, pumpkins are commonly cooked in soups with pork or shrimp. In Italy, it can be used with cheeses as a stuffing for ravioli.

In the southwestern United States and Mexico, pumpkin and squash flowers are a popular and widely available food item. They may be used to garnish dishes, and they may be dredged in a batter then deep fried. Commercially canned “pumpkin” puree and pumpkin pie fillings are often made with winter squashes other than the traditionally defined pumpkin, such as butternut squash. Thank you Wikipedia

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Why is common sense so uncommon?
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17 responses to “Pumpkin Perfection – The Great Squash We Love To Hate

  1. We love pumpkin especially roasted and mashed butter or olive oil and salt, pepper and some parmesan. Mini pumpkins are really good this way. Most people think these are just ornamental but the are good eating too. They’re so nutty tasting. Also roast pumpkin with roasted red peppers soup is a real favorite. Thanks for the article.

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    • Sad smile 😦 my doctor said I am getting old and fat. He can’t do anything for the old part but I have been banished from the butter and cheese section of my supermarket.

      Happy fall gardening

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  2. Just getting into pumpkin – mostly for cakes!! Haven’t tried butternut squash – not enough room in the garden.

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  3. Bead Charmer Girl

    I LOVE Pumpkin. Thanks for sharing a little bit about how it is loved around the world. I look forward to sinful pumpkin recipe season all year long. πŸ™‚

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  4. Love pumpkin. My dogs do too, as an occasional treat. It’s good for their digestive systems. Now squash, that’s another horse…

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  5. Me too! My favorite is a pumpking stuffed with apples, cranberries, walnuts, cinnamon and sugar and baked whole. Scoop over ice cream or yogurt, warm! YUM!

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  6. Viva la pumpkin! We love this time of year in our nest…getting closer to Halloween! Happy harvesting.

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  7. I love pumpkin in almost any form.

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    • Re wordsfromanneli Thanks for taking time to come by for a visit.
      I have been amazed at the number of people that have never tried pumpkin prepared any way but as a Jack-O-Lantern or as a pie. Of course those are the same people that have never eaten butter nut or other types of winter squash.
      Happy Fall Gardening

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      • Actually I like it best as a vegetable (squash) either baked or steamed and mashed, and I love pumpkin soup. And then there are pumpkin seeds which I put in my granola that I make from scratch. So much goodness packed into one plant. Pumpkin pie is good too, but it’s the least healthy (because of the crust). Great vegetable!

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        • πŸ™‚ Being raised deep in the sand hill country of west Texas, as a young person, my grand mother and mother both made a thing from course chopped pumpkin and other winter squash that was made just like fruit cobbled but using pumpkin, winter squash or sometimes sweet potato’s in place of the fruit. Lots of butter, sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg.
          Good Fall eating

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