Is there anything better than all the selection of pumpkins in fall decorating? We don’t think so!!!
In fact, we did a post about how we can learn lots from the variety of pumpkins out there, HERE.
But when it comes to pumpkins, squash, and gourds (oh, my)…..they are not all are created equal.
Sure you can get the regular pumpkin, carve it up/or not, and set it on the front porch. After you are done with it, you can SMASH THEM like we do or compost them.
But what if there is another way?
We are all about simple little choices that can make a big difference here at Salvage Sister & Mister.
If there is an option between a pumpkin/squash that can’t be eaten and one can that can, why not choose the edible one?
When you go to the store/farm to pick out your pumpkins, there will usually be ones marked decorative and those in the edible section. Here are just a few edible varieties that you can use in pies, soup, muffins, pumpkin butter, mash, custards, roasted squash, etc!!!!!
EDIBLE PUMPKINS AND SQUASHES LIST ~
- Sugar Pie Pumpkins
- Spaghetti Squash –Great pasta alternative
- Delicata Squash –Rosted, Stuffed, or Baked
- Butternut Squash – Soups, Roasted, Mashed
- Kabocha Squash –Roasted, Soups
- Acorn Squash – Roasting, Baking, Mashing, Steaming, or Sauteing
- Blue Hokkaido Squash – Mashed, Baked Goods, Soups
- Cheese Pumpkins aka Cinderella Pumpkins (sweet)
- Hubbard Squash – (sweet)
- Jarrahdale Pumpkin
- Lumina Pumpkin – (sweet)
- One Two Many Pumpkins – Pie
- Sweet Dumpling Squash-Roasting
- Turban Squash – Soups
- Peanut Pumpkin – (sweet) Soups
Varieties will vary from place to place, but this list can get you started.
Really anyone at your local market or farm should be able to assist you in finding a dual purpose pumpkin for your fall décor and eating pleasure. They can also provide ideas on how to prepare them and what their best function is.
Now if you like those knobby gourds, here is a way to preserve them. And if you aren’t going to preserve them, maybe there is another squash, that is edible, that could fill it’s place in your cornucopia.
QUICK TIP – A good quality sharp knife is crucial to getting through some of these thick skin pumpkins and squashes and use caution! This little guy is pretty helpful too!
Do you use any of your pumpkins after you are done decorating with them?
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