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Agriculture / Conservation News: Enjoy Pumpkins

By Irene Percoski, CT State Grange Agriculture Committee Member

  August 1, 2019 --

Pumpkins: Pumpkins are a good source of vitamins and are good to eat. They are a variety of winter squash like butternut or acorn squash. Winter squash are left on the vine until they are mature, have a hard rind and are baked for eating. Summer squash are picked off the vine while still green, have a soft rind and can be eaten raw or cooked. They do not store well and are eaten fresh.

If you want to have a decorated pumpkin but also want to save it for eating later you can use tempura markers to make your design on the outside without cutting it open.

Small pumpkins can be eaten as a vegetable, either steamed or boiled or battered and fried. They can be sliced thin and eaten raw with a dip. A little research on line has a wealth of information on how to select and cook fresh pumpkin. There you can find recipes for nut bread, roasted pumpkin seeds, pumpkin cheesecake and many more delicious ways to eat this nutritious vegetable.



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