Sunday, October 31, 2010

The Dirt on...


Everyone knows that pumpkins are enchanted...
Cinderella's godmother turned one into a beautiful pumpkin-shaped carriage, Linus waited for 'the great one' rather than go trick or treating, and every year millions are magically turned into jack o'lanterns!

Pumpkin is the fruit of the species, Cucurbita pepo or Cucurbita mixta.  It can refer to a specific variety of the species Cucurbita maxima or Cucurbita moschata, which all are of the genus, Cucurbita and the family, Cucurbitaceae.

Pumpkins and autumn are synonymous. 

Some pumpkins become scary-looking jack o'lanterns,

some become festive decorations,

and, my personal favorite, some become delicious pies, cakes, and soups. 

for Pumpkin Chowder recipe, click here

To create your own pumpkin vase, choose a relatively flat-bottomed pumpkin, cut off the top, remove the 'guts', pour water directly into the pumpkin's cavity (don't worry, it should be water-tight) or a jar or vase with water can be placed into the cavity (easier clean up) and add your beautiful fall flowers and berried branches (the Beauty Bush, Kolkwitzia amabilis is lovely right now). 

Have fun, enjoy your pumpkin...obviously these animals did! 

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