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Pumpkin Day is the 26th of October.
You might think this is a great time to cook something with the insides of the Jack-O-Lantern you have just carved for Hallowe’en. But the flesh of those makes poor eating, and is best reserved for feeding to livestock or the compost heap.
Instead, observe the day with something from the squash family that makes for good eating. That’s not necessarily pie pumpkins: many varieties of pie pumpkins still need more time on the vine to sweeten up.
So look instead for a savoury dish that calls for pumpkin or squash in it. And remember, the ones that are grown for their size and and looks, for making into Jack-O-Lanterns, are rarely the best eating ones. A pumpkin only has so much flavour, and the bigger it is, the more spread out and diluted that flavour is.
There’s actually a fair bit of vigorous dissension over when Pumpkin Day should be observed.
The Henry Doubleday Research Association sponsors Pumpkin day on the last Sunday in October at the Ryton Organic Gardens south of Coventry in the West Midlands, England. The Royal Horticultural Society holds one at its Rosemoor Garden in Devon on the third or fourth Sunday in October. Everyone else holds a Pumpkin Day within a few days of Hallowe’en.