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The Pumpkin

Post  Guest on Wed Oct 08, 2008 11:38 pm

The Pumpkin
http://www.durgan.org/ShortURL/?KYLKS 7 October 2008. Utilizing the Pumpkin.

The pumpkin depicted is the Connecticut Field Pumpkin (Cucurbita pepo), which is the common pumpkin grown in North America.

Being interested about the use of pumpkins as decorations for Halloween, and then seeing them thrown out, I decided to see just what one could do with this vegetable. Apparently the fruit is contains many nutrients. These picture depict my minor efforts.

When ripe, the pumpkin can be boiled, baked, steamed, or roasted. Cooked in the pressure cooked the pumpkin is basically steamed in it own juices. The mush can be formulated into many desserts like pie and a various loafs. The seeds and juice were also utilized.

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Re: The Pumpkin

Post  siri on Thu Oct 09, 2008 3:40 am

I like to use baked pumpkin, sliced in turkish bread, with tomato, onion, spinach, and riccotta cheese. Toasted in a sandwhich press - very yummy!
A large pumpkin makes a nice mouse house too. The biggest one I ever grew had a front door, and a circular passage way where the mamma mouse ate through the seeds during her pregnancy, and finally a protected little nest for the baby mice, and still plenty to eat. A bit like a gingerbread cottage.
Cheers, Jan

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Post  guzzigirl on Thu Oct 09, 2008 4:39 pm

siri wrote:
A large pumpkin makes a nice mouse house too. The biggest one I ever grew had a front door, and a circular passage way where the mamma mouse ate through the seeds during her pregnancy, and finally a protected little nest for the baby mice, and still plenty to eat. A bit like a gingerbread cottage.
Cheers, Jan

awww, how sweet Very Happy must have thought she was in mouse heaven Laughing

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