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Tue Nov 24, 2015, 08:16 PM

Pumpkin/Squash. Look at these photos. Are these types edible?

Can they be turned into pumpkin cookies, pumpkin bread, etc.

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Reply Pumpkin/Squash. Look at these photos. Are these types edible? (Original post)
FSogol Nov 2015 OP
NRaleighLiberal Nov 2015 #1
FSogol Nov 2015 #2
NRaleighLiberal Nov 2015 #3
FSogol Nov 2015 #4
Retrograde Nov 2015 #5
Fortinbras Armstrong Nov 2015 #6
Snobblevitch Nov 2015 #7

Response to FSogol (Original post)

Tue Nov 24, 2015, 08:19 PM

1. They should all be fine used as pumpkins -

cut in half, remove seeds, put on a baking sheet cut side down and bake at 350 for 45 min or so, until a fork easily pierces into the skin....cool, scrape out, puree and use in soup, pie, scones, etc. should be yummy!

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Response to NRaleighLiberal (Reply #1)

Tue Nov 24, 2015, 08:33 PM

2. Thanks. I do that for a lot of types of squash, but never encountered these types

before.

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Response to FSogol (Reply #2)

Tue Nov 24, 2015, 08:34 PM

3. You should be able to tell once you cut them - if the flesh is a good color and thick

and they bake to a tender state, they should be fine. good luck!

Be sure to save the seeds - I like to coat with a bit of oil then lots of spices - and sugar, depending if you want them spicy/chile type for snacking, or use sugar and cinnamon for sweeter snacks. we love them both ways - use them in soups as a topping.

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Response to NRaleighLiberal (Reply #3)

Tue Nov 24, 2015, 10:33 PM

4. I do that too. I put a little salt and cayenne pepper for snacking.

Thanks again.

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Response to FSogol (Original post)

Wed Nov 25, 2015, 01:40 AM

5. They look like perfectly normal squashes to me

especially the orange-colored ones. Now some, like turban squashes are IMHO not worth the effort (it takes a cleaver and mallet to open them), but they're all either the same species or closely related (curcubits are notoriously promiscuous) and can be used the same way you'd cook a pumpkin.

My experience with cooking pumpkin pies from scratch is that they come out paler in color than those using canned pumpkin, but tasty nonetheless.

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Response to FSogol (Original post)

Wed Nov 25, 2015, 08:47 AM

6. They are pumpkins and squashes, therefore, by definition, are inedible

Or, at best, taste very nasty.

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Response to FSogol (Original post)

Thu Nov 26, 2015, 01:32 AM

7. What is somewhat interesting

is that the canned pumpkin most people ise to make their 'home made' pumpkin pies is not really made from pumpkins.

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