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It’s Pumpkin Season!

Yesterday, we were driving by our local Food 4 Less and as I looked in through the store’s open windows, I saw a big box of pumpkins.

Wow. It’s only half-way through September and its already time to think about your October Jack-o-Lantern.

But, as I’ve mentioned in earlier posts, the pumpkin crop isn’t going to be as big as it was in the past. In fact, many pumpkin farmers are advising you to expect quality over quantity.

Also, keep in mind that the purpose of your pumpkin dictates which kind of pumpkin you should choose. “For carving jack-o-lanterns, select Happy Jack, Halloween or Spookie varieties, which are larger than 12 inches and weigh 20 to 40 pounds,” Dr. Dymple Cooksey, nutrition specialist with the Texas Agricultural Extension Service, told Texas A&M Agriculture News. “These are too coarse, stringy and dry for eating.”

If you want to cook with your pumpkin, you want to choose the smaller, sweeter varieties such as Small Sugar or Triple Treat, which are 8-10 inches in diameter, weight around 6-8 pounds, are more rounded than your typical Jack-O-Lantern varieties.

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