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The big, round, orange gourds you see at pumpkin patches and buy to make jack-o-lanterns won’t taste so good in your next batch of pumpkin pancakes. [Tweet this fact!] "Carving pumpkins tend to be bred for looks, not flavor, so they’re not very sweet, while eating pumpkins are delicious enough to dig into with a spoon," says Jennifer Lee Seagle, a professional botanist and gardener in Half Moon Bay, CA.
Pumpkins bred for jack-o-lanterns have a bigger seed cavity, longer stems, and thinner walls for easier carving, while pumpkins for eating tend to be smaller and more solid. If you want to cook a sweet dish, look for sugar pie or New England pie pumpkins, which are perfect for, well, pies, and for a savory recipe, try blue Hubbard. Carving a jack-o-lantern? You’ll want a Howden or Autumn Gold. For decorative or cooking purposes, pick the large, deeply ribbed musque de Provence or white Valenciano, which has orange flesh.
Whether you're pumpkin-obsessed or in need of some seasonal cocktail party trivia, the following tidbits are sure to surprise and fascinate
Whether you're pumpkin-obsessed or in need of some seasonal cocktail party trivia, the following tidbits are sure to surprise and fascinate.