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Say Happy Halloween With Pumpkins!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN from everyone at Earl’s! Have you carved your pumpkin yet? Perhaps maybe made a delicious soup and served it in individual small sugar pie pumpkins? Pumpkins are great for cooking, roasting the seeds for a delicious snack, carving a creative design on for Halloween, as well as looking pretty on a holiday table or in your entrance way.

All pumpkins regardless of size or color are cultivars of squash but not all squash are pumpkins.  Pumpkins along with all other squash are native to North America and part of the Native American Indians “Three Sisters” planting which also includes beans and corn. They are a very old crop and seeds have been found in Mexico dating back to 7,000 BC.

Pumpkins biggest market is for processing including canned pumpkin pie filling.  At times the weather will adversely affect the pumpkin crop and many children are sad. Lucky for everyone this year is looking good for supply on the west coast. I personally have a Fairytale, Sugar Pie and a Jack-O-Lantern on my front porch ready for the festivities tonight.

Fairytale Pumpkin

 

Fun Facts: Pumpkin festivals are all the rage – carve em – chuck em – grow the biggest. The world record is held by Ron Wallace from Greenfield, Rhode Island with a pumpkin that weighed in just over 2,009 pounds! Contrary to popular opinion witches cannot turn you into a pumpkin though Jack-O-Lanterns will protect your house from demons

Sugar Pie Pumpkins

Sugar Pie Pumpkins

Sugar pies continue to grow in popularity.  They are bred to be sweet dry fleshed with a small seed cavity which means more flesh to eat, at a perfect weight of 3-5lb. Pumpkins can be stored for many months if kept at about 65 degrees F. The orange color of pumpkins tells you that they are chock full of beta-carotene, an important antioxidant.  One of my favorite winter recipes is Coconut Curry Pumpkin Soup. Please share your favorite pumpkin recipes on our Facebook.

Written by Robert Lichtenberg and Susan Simitz

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