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Sugar Pie Pumpkins from Tutti Frutti

Fall is one of my favorite times of year as the weather turns colder, Halloween and Thanksgiving draw nearer and so does my desire to bake.  Everywhere you look pumpkins of all colors are begging to be carved, displayed on your porch or cooked in your favorite recipe.  The small and sweet Sugar Pie pumpkin with dark orange flesh is great to bake with and has a smooth texture.  It is very versatile and can be used in cakes, pies, muffins, pasta and even salads.

Pumpkins have been grown around the world for centuries.  They grow on every continent except for Antarctica.  The top pumpkin-producing states in the U.S. include Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania and California.  Pumpkins are one of the top crops in the United States and over 1.5 billion pounds are produced annually.  Interestingly, 95% of the U.S. crop intended for processing is grown in Illinois.  Pumpkins are planted in early July and need full sun. They take about 90-110 days to grow and are harvested when they have full color and don’t dent when you press a fingernail against the shell.  The Sugar Pie pumpkin averages about 5-8 lbs, and about 10” in diameter.  For the next two weeks we have them on special at Earl’s. Check out our weekly specials

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