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Pumpkins, Squash, Gourds Have One Event In Common: Halloween

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Pumpkins, squash and gourds are all members of the cucurbitaceae family. They are made up of an extremely diverse group consisting of more than 100 genera and 700 species. History has told us that they have been a source for food and utilitarian objects of all kinds for thousands of years at archaeological digging sights and such.

Pumpkins, Squash, Gourds, Where Do They Come From?



                                                                 History of Halloween - Documentary
                                            Pumpkins, Squash, Gourds Have One Event In Common: Halloween

Hard-shelled squash and gourds, from as far back as what is deemed prehistoric, typically were grown to be utilized as a vessel to hold water or even dry products, such as grains or powders, by removing a section of the neck and hollowing it out by removing the seeds and drying it. Some hard squash varieties also contained a valuable source for food with its thick flesh under the hard skin and still do to this day. It is unknown exactly where the origins of the species started but it is thought that it occurred in the Western Hemisphere, probably in Central and South America and Mexico.

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Pumpkins Or Squash Popular For Thousands Of Years

In the United States, if a squash is round and orange and utilized for pies, fall decorating, or a jack-o-lantern, it is probably called a pumpkin, which has no botanical meaning because they are actually all squash. There are two varieties of squash: summer squash and hard-skinned or winter squash. Zucchini is a form of summer squash. Others are straightneck and crookneck as well as other varieties. Winter squash typically have a harder skin and can be stored for longer periods if kept cool and dry. They include acorn, Hubbard, spaghetti, banana, butternut, cushaw, and others.

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Gourds For Storing Liquid

Hard-shell gourds are green while growing but eventually turn tan when left to dry and cure. These are the ones that have been utilized as vessels for liquids as well as dry materials. In our recent culture, they can be seen to provide birdhouses for various species of birds. Then there are the small decorative gourds, some with green and yellow interesting patterns.

Recommended: Food As A Rowing Boat: The Pumpkin Regatta. Eat Or Beat Them

Halloween & Pumpkin time!

What can you do at a Halloween party?
  • Eyeball Race. This game is a variation of the classic egg-on-a-spoon relay raceCapture the Witch
  • This game may be simple, but it's loads of fun
  • Mummy-Wrapping Race
  • Costume Contest
  • One-House Trick-Or-Treating
  • Jack-O-Lantern Face Crafting
  • Halloween Movie Time

Yes, it is almost time for Halloween and that means it is pumpkin time; they are everywhere. If you haven’t seen any then you must be living under a rock because supermarkets, orchard outlets and roadside stands display them prominently at their businesses. Some displays are enormous. There seems to be nothing more satisfying this time of year than seeing huge displays of these orange marvels that range in size from tiny miniatures to giant behemoths and they run the gambit when it comes to shapes. Some are grown specifically for local contests, growing to 400 to 500 pounds and more; babied and even milk-fed through the stem to reach these monstrous sizes.

Recommended: Halloween Recipes

Pumpkin Waste In UK Hits Scary Heights This Halloween

More than 8m squashes likely to be binned after annual lantern carving, study shows. An estimated 10m pumpkins are grown in the UK every year, 95% of which used for ghoulish lanterns. 
Britons are expected to generate record levels of food waste over Halloween this year. More than 8m pumpkins – equivalent to more than 18,000 tonnes of edible pumpkin flesh, will be heading for the bin because the majority of consumers will not eat it.

What should I cook for Halloween?
Our Top Halloween Recipes
  • Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls
  • Pumpkin Seeds
  • Chicken Pumpkins
  • Mac-o'-Lantern and Cheese Bowls
  • Frankenshake and Bride of Frankenshake
  • Black Magic Cake
  • Mummy Hand Pies
  • Haunted Gingerbread House

About 40% of consumers buy fresh pumpkins to hollow out and carve to celebrate Halloween, but 60% of those admit they do not use the flesh, according to research by the stock cube brand Knorr and the environmental charity Hubbub.
Halloween has become a big money-spinner for retailers. An estimated 10m pumpkins are grown in the UK every year, 95% of which are hollowed out to create ghoulish lanterns. Meanwhile, the UK’s first commercially brewed beer made from pumpkin flesh that would otherwise go to waste will go on sale at the end of November.
Pumpkin Beer Belgium style double glas
Toast Ale, the social enterprise that three years ago launched a beer made from surplus bread, will brew the Belgian-style pumpkin dubbel using squashes collected by volunteers from local farms.

It’s all too easy for people to forget that Halloween pumpkins are still food. When they are only used for carving this contributes to food waste in the UK homes every year.

Recommended: Best Sustainable Autumn Life: Exercise, Food, Lifestyle

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Pumpkins, Squash, Gourds Have One Event In Common: Halloween

Pumpkins, squash and gourds are all members of the cucurbitaceae family. They are made up of an extremely diverse group consisting of more than 100 genera and 700 species. History has told us that they have been a source for food and utilitarian objects of all kinds for thousands of years at archaeological digging sights and such. Pumpkins, Squash, Gourds, Where Do They Come From? {youtube}                                                                  History of Halloween - Documentary                                             Pumpkins, Squash, Gourds Have One Event In Common: Halloween Hard-shelled squash and gourds, from as far back as what is deemed prehistoric, typically were grown to be utilized as a vessel to hold water or even dry products, such as grains or powders, by removing a section of the neck and hollowing it out by removing the seeds and drying it. Some hard squash varieties also contained a valuable source for food with its thick flesh under the hard skin and still do to this day. It is unknown exactly where the origins of the species started but it is thought that it occurred in the Western Hemisphere, probably in Central and South America and Mexico. Pumpkins Or Squash Popular For Thousands Of Years In the United States, if a squash is round and orange and utilized for pies, fall decorating, or a jack-o-lantern, it is probably called a pumpkin, which has no botanical meaning because they are actually all squash. There are two varieties of squash: summer squash and hard-skinned or winter squash. Zucchini is a form of summer squash. Others are straightneck and crookneck as well as other varieties. Winter squash typically have a harder skin and can be stored for longer periods if kept cool and dry. They include acorn, Hubbard, spaghetti, banana, butternut, cushaw, and others. Gourds For Storing Liquid Hard-shell gourds are green while growing but eventually turn tan when left to dry and cure. These are the ones that have been utilized as vessels for liquids as well as dry materials. In our recent culture, they can be seen to provide birdhouses for various species of birds. Then there are the small decorative gourds, some with green and yellow interesting patterns. Recommended:  Food As A Rowing Boat: The Pumpkin Regatta. Eat Or Beat Them Halloween & Pumpkin time! What can you do at a Halloween party? Eyeball Race. This game is a variation of the classic egg-on-a-spoon relay race Capture the Witch This game may be simple, but it's loads of fun Mummy-Wrapping Race Costume Contest One-House Trick-Or-Treating Jack-O-Lantern Face Crafting Halloween Movie Time Yes, it is almost time for Halloween and that means it is pumpkin time; they are everywhere. If you haven’t seen any then you must be living under a rock because supermarkets, orchard outlets and roadside stands display them prominently at their businesses. Some displays are enormous. There seems to be nothing more satisfying this time of year than seeing huge displays of these orange marvels that range in size from tiny miniatures to giant behemoths and they run the gambit when it comes to shapes. Some are grown specifically for local contests, growing to 400 to 500 pounds and more; babied and even milk-fed through the stem to reach these monstrous sizes. Recommended: Halloween Recipes Pumpkin Waste In UK Hits Scary Heights This Halloween More than 8m squashes likely to be binned after annual lantern carving, study shows. An estimated 10m pumpkins are grown in the UK every year, 95% of which used for ghoulish lanterns.  Britons are expected to generate record levels of food waste over Halloween this year. More than 8m pumpkins – equivalent to more than 18,000 tonnes of edible pumpkin flesh, will be heading for the bin because the majority of consumers will not eat it. What should I cook for Halloween? Our Top Halloween Recipes Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls Pumpkin Seeds Chicken Pumpkins Mac-o'-Lantern and Cheese Bowls Frankenshake and Bride of Frankenshake Black Magic Cake Mummy Hand Pies Haunted Gingerbread House About 40% of consumers buy fresh pumpkins to hollow out and carve to celebrate Halloween, but 60% of those admit they do not use the flesh, according to research by the stock cube brand Knorr and the environmental charity Hubbub. Halloween has become a big money-spinner for retailers. An estimated 10m pumpkins are grown in the UK every year, 95% of which are hollowed out to create ghoulish lanterns. Meanwhile, the UK’s first commercially brewed beer made from pumpkin flesh that would otherwise go to waste will go on sale at the end of November. Toast Ale, the social enterprise that three years ago launched a beer made from surplus bread, will brew the Belgian-style pumpkin dubbel using squashes collected by volunteers from local farms. It’s all too easy for people to forget that Halloween pumpkins are still food. When they are only used for carving this contributes to food waste in the UK homes every year. Recommended:  Best Sustainable Autumn Life: Exercise, Food, Lifestyle Did you find this an interesting article or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your own article about sustainability? Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage'
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