Nothing signals fall like a porch full of pumpkins or a big ol’ slice of pumpkin pie. But did you know that not all pumpkins are the same? While all pumpkins are technically edible and carvable, you want to be sure to select the right variety for its intended use.
Despite their name, there are plenty of things you can do with a carving pumpkin besides actually carving it into a Jack-o-lantern. You can turn it into a woodland animal (look at #15) or a decorative planter. Whatever you do with your carving pumpkin, remember that the seeds roast up great! Try this recipe! Pumpkin seeds are an excellent source of Vitamin E.
And as pretty as they may be to look at, pumpkins can do so much more than just look festive. They are nutritional powerhouses, high in fiber, potassium, Vitamin A, and beta carotene. And though people tend to associate the pumpkin with dessert, the pumpkin is extremely versatile, solidly capable of leaning sweet OR savory.
...and by all means feel free to start from scratch or substitute canned pumpkin, which is nutritionally similar and heaps quicker.
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