So, what's the difference between pie pumpkins and carving pumpkins, really? I know that pie pumpkins are sweeter. Are carving pumpkins just kind of crap hybrids that are just grown for bigness?
In 'the store' they're two different types, but from the garden, how to differentiate. Maybe it's like zucchini: once it gets a certain size it's easier to just use it for decoration rather than eat it. ??
It's kind of a moot point now because the pumpkins are all rotted away, But I'd originally asked this question as I had some mystery pumpkins come out of the compost pile, and I was deciding whether to eat or not.
So knowing now that there's two different varieties, I might try out the mystery pumpkins and just see if they taste good. If they have lots of meat, it might be a clue it's descended from a pie pumpkin.
Well, it's not going to hurt me to eat the wrong type right?
In a pinch, the kids really wanted pumpkin butter, I have used a carving pumpkin. Because they are stringy, it is good to run them through a food mill. They do have less flavor but as far as the kids go, the pumpkin was just a carrier for cinnamon and nutmeg.
I also like to dry pumpkin. It tastes a bit like dried mango. Simon loves it.
I hope that helps.
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