Pumpkins make for great fall decorations at your Western National apartment, but eventually, they’ll need to be disposed of. We have a suggestion — eat them! As long as you choose the right varieties of pumpkin, you can enjoy your autumn decor and eat it, too.
The Best Pumpkin Varieties for Eating
These are some of the most delicious and readily available pumpkin varieties:
- Jack-Be-Little has a wonderful flavor, especially considering its diminutive size.
- The ghostly white Baby Boo and Casper varieties are great in baked goods like pumpkin bread or muffins.
- Dusty gray or greenish-blue Jarrahdale pumpkins are fabulous when cut into chunks and roasted.
- Flat, red Rouge Vif d’Etampes (the Cinderella pumpkin) is delicious in vegetable curries and other savory dishes.
- New England Pie and Sugar Pie are great for…you guessed it, pies.
If you’re planning on enjoying your pumpkins for a meal later on, avoid using a carving knife on them. Any cuts or nicks in the skin will hasten the decaying process. Left intact and kept in a fairly cool area out of the direct sun, most pumpkins will last for at least several weeks.
How to Eat a Pumpkin
You’re probably already drinking smoothies made from kale stems and eating soup made with meat and veggie scraps. Well, using your leftover pumpkins is a similar type of green cooking.
Pumpkins are incredibly versatile in the kitchen. You can broil, grill, roast, or steam them. Use them in delicious baked goods like pumpkin bread and, of course, pumpkin pie. If you’re not a fan of pie crust, simply pour your homemade pie filling into a lightly greased baking dish and bake just as you would a pie. The result is a delicious, and good for you, pumpkin custard.
Pumpkins also make deliciously creamy soups. Larger pumpkins (around 8 – 10 pounds) even make great soup tureens. Top each serving of pumpkin soup with a sprinkling of roasted, shelled pumpkin seeds for the perfect cold-weather meal. You can serve your pumpkin soup right in the empty pumpkin shells if you use a small variety like Jack-Be-Little or Baby Boo.
For more tips on ways to live sustainably while you enjoy your edible autumn decor, contact us. We would love to share what life is like at one of our many residential communities.