Pumpkins- Carving, Cooking, and Finding a Patch in Idaho

Carving Pumpkins: These are perfect for carving jack-o-lanterns or as a Fall display, but the pulp is watery and is filled with seeds (Bake the seeds for a tasty snack!)

Baking Pumpkins: These are smaller and usually labeled as “cooking,” “pie,” or “sugar” pumpkins. These types of pumpkins have a sweet, tender pulp that is great for cooking and baking. Choose smooth, deep-orange pumpkins that seem heavy for their size. These small types weigh 4-6 pounds and will yield 1 ½ – 2 cups of pumpkin puree. Baking pumpkins are perfect for making soups, breads, desserts, and main dishes.

How to I cook a Pumpkin? Cook them just like other winter squash types. See our earlier article about How to Cook Winter Squash. (https://eatsmartidahointhekitchen.com/2020/10/22/winter-squash-how-to-cook/)

Find a Pumpkin Patch: Idaho pumpkins are available from September through November. Find a pumpkin patch in Idaho at Idaho Pumpkin Patches and Corn Mazes.

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