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The word "pumpkin" comes from the Greek word "pepon," which means "ripened." Pumpkins come in a variety of sizes, from the mini-pumpkin, to the 800 pound one. Their flavor is sweet, while their texture is smooth.
There are many ways to serve pumpkin as a meal. Besides being a wonderful vegetable for your family to enjoy, pumpkins can be used as both a spectacular soup and the tourin to serve it in. Simply cut a pumpkin in half, scoop out the seeds, and then fill it with a delicate, velvety-textured soup.
Traditionally, the Pilgrims ate pumpkins for their day of prayer and giving thanks for the harvest. Nowadays, pumpkin pie is often served during the American Thanksgiving dinner.
Pumpkin dishes to serve:
Cream of Pumpkin Soup
Pumpkins are an international vegetable; each country has their own method of serving pumpkin. In Morocco pumpkin salads include garlic, cilantro, and hot pepper sauce. Italians like to cook pumpkin in risotto. However, in Brazil, culinary experts prepare a hearty soup of pumpkin simmered with beef, potatoes, carrots, and tomatoes.
Pumpkins are the most famous of the winter squashes. They are available from late September through late November and can be stored in a cool dark place for 2 to 3 months. Pureed pumpkin freezes very nicely. One cup of cooked pumpkin has 80 to 110 calories and is rich in Vitamin A, and a good source of Vitamin C.
Bright, orange, pumpkins bring back childhood memories of Halloween. Itís exciting to walk through a pumpkin patch and discover the "right" pumpkin. Just don't forget to pick up one for cooking, not just for carving.
Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff