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Are carving pumpkins edible?

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StrawHat Thu 20-Oct-11 14:32:49

Sainsburys only had little ones in the veg racks, so I bought one from the haloween aisle. Am I about to poison the in-laws?

LoveInAColdGrave Thu 20-Oct-11 14:34:54

I find they are edible in the sense that they won't hurt you, but don't taste of much and don't have a great texture. Sorry! I think they are bred for looks rather than taste.

StrawHat Thu 20-Oct-11 14:39:09

Thanks Love, I'll just have to hope that a few hours in the oven soaking up a cheesy filling will do the trick smile

LoveInAColdGrave Thu 20-Oct-11 14:42:20

It'll be fine, just bung in lots of herbs! Hope it tastes good (and it will look fab!). Can you serve it whole (a la the Nigella Christmas pumpkin) and carve it at the table for full Halloween wow factor?

Rhubarb0oooo Thu 20-Oct-11 14:44:47

I would boil it to within an inch of its life along with some butternut squash and serve it as pumpkin and butternut squash mash.
Or have you tried slicing it and frying it with brown sugar? The result is crispy caramalised pumpkin which is particularly nice as a Halloween treat.

mousyfledermaus Thu 20-Oct-11 14:46:30

they need slow roasting and/or pickling to be nice.

StrawHat Thu 20-Oct-11 14:59:31

MIL has requested stuffed pumpkin, I'm going to oven bake it for the whole afternoon and endeavour to take it to the table whole (they always colapse the moment the knife hits them).
Rhubarb I love the idea of brown-sugar-fry, I'll def try that next time smile

multipoodles Thu 20-Oct-11 18:39:11

Used it once as we have American friends who rave about pumpkin soup and it was horrible, when I told one she said they always use tinned pumpkin!

bruffin Thu 20-Oct-11 18:45:15

I always use the big pumpkins for soup and have never had a complaint. In fact as soon as pumpkins start appearing the dcs and dh start requesting pumpkin soup.

StrawHat Tue 25-Oct-11 08:36:26

We survived! MIL loved it so much she wrote down the recipe before doing the dishes and the leftovers made a superb omlette the next day smile

ArthurPewty Tue 25-Oct-11 08:55:14

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