“And all at once, summer collapsed into fall…” Oscar Wilde
Growing up in Virginia, I knew that fall was here when the leaves burst into a kaledescope of color and pumpkins appeared on the front porch. They were always chubby and orange. Today, there are many varietes and colors of pumpkins. There’s a health benefit to eating pumpkin since one cup of fresh pumpkin contains only 3 grams of sugar and is rich in fiber. Here’s a simple primer to help you decorate and cook with this fall favorite:
- Long Island Cheese. This is delicious in soups and pies; it is beige and shaped like wheel of cheese, making it perfect for a porch display.
- New England Pie. You can find these in the supermarket or a roadside stand. They are small and manageable so the pulp is easily accessible for a seasonal soup. Decorate your dining table with several of these pumpkins; this is a great way to add a fall punch inside.
- Peanut. Not the nut, but the pumpkin! Laden with sugar, this variety is the best pumpkin for dessert. It has a pinkish skin; keep several on dislay to add an element of surprise to your decor.
Countdown to Thanksgiving: Our next post will give you tips and tricks for setting a stylish and family-friendly table for Turkey Day!
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