Many people wonder if pumpkins are edible? After all, hundreds of varieties exist. So, some uncertainty exist as to whether some are not edible.
The answer is simple…. all varieties are edible.
As soon as a pumpkin turns orange, people begin cooking pumpkins, and using them in every recipe they can find. At the same time, they ask “Are all varieties of pumpkins are edible?” The plain and simple truth is – – Yes, all varieties of pumpkins are edible. Of course, pumpkin seeds are edible, too.
Both pumpkin flesh(pulp, or meat) and seeds taste good, and are healthy and nutritious.
The relevant questions to ask are about taste and texture. For it is here that no two pumpkin varieties are equal. Some pumpkins are better than others when cooking and baking.
While all pumpkins are edible, some are better than others for cooking and baking. When using pumpkins in recipes, it’s all about taste, texture, and sweetness.
All pumpkins taste like a pumpkin. But, some have stronger or more subtle flavor. Try a few varieties overtime, and you will see the difference. Then, choose the variety that tastes best to you.
When it comes to texture, the pulp used for cooking and baking ranges from fine grained to coarse. Fine-grained is always better.
Finally, there’s sweetness. Some varieties are sweeter than others. However, to some degree you can offset this, by adding a little (more) sugar to the recipe.
Let’s explore how to use different types of pumpkins for cooking and baking:
Pie Pumpkins (or Sugar Pumpkin, or Sugar Pie Pumpkins) This is the best pumpkin for baking and cooking in all of your favorite recipes. It has a sweeter taste than other varieties. It also has a smooth texture.
Jack O’Lanterns Make no mistake, these pumpkins are very good in your favorite recipes. My mother picks up several from me each year, and comes back with lots of delicious goodies for her grandchildren. Mom knows her pumpkins, err Jack O’Lanterns. She takes small and mid size pumpkin. She says the larger ones get too stringy and have a coarser textures. So, take it from mom. Cook your Jack O’Lanterns if you want to.
Miniatures (I.e.. Jack B. Littles, Baby Boo) There isn’t a lot of “meat” in these pumpkins. Many people do not even know they are edible, let alone think to cook with them. Most uses of the minis, are as bowls to hold another recipe. But, the pulp of miniature pumpkins is certainly edible…. and tasty.
Giant Pumpkins After giant pumpkins are weighed and displayed, what do you do with them? People find all sorts of abstract uses. They are edible, too. Giant pumpkins tend to be coarser, and have a less desirable taste. Many of them taste more like squash (their close cousins), than pumpkin. Some people bake them in pies. They are commonly included in soups, especially in places like Australia. They are also baked or cooked in recipes that call for squash.
Whatever pumpkins you choose, they are all edible and good for you too. So, eat and enjoy!
While all pumpkins are edible, only a couple of the parts are eaten. Specifically, the pulp and the seeds are the parts you eat. The stem, skin and stringy sinews inside the fruit are not use in cooking or baking.
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