-Make a “Mumkin!” First cut out a lid on a fresh pumpkin (keep the stem) and remove seeds and pulp. Using a drill or large nail, make holes just wide enough to fit in flower stems. Select mums in oranges, reds, and golds. Cut the stems about a half inch from the flower head, long enough to poke into the holes. Space the holes so the entire pumpkin is covered in the flowers! If you keep the inside of the pumpkin moist, the flowers will last several days.
-Remember a pumpkin is like a vase. A plump fresh pumpkin can be scooped out and made into a “basket” and filled to overflowing with wildflowers or your flowers of choice. Use as a centerpiece surrounded by pretty candles and a variety of gourds.
-Small pumpkin varieties can be scooped out and use to hold hot soup or vegetable dips.
Pumpkins are very American and were used by our Native Americans and early settlers. They were an important crop for the Pilgrims, as revealed in this poem from 1683. Colonists used to recite this rhyme because they realized the importance of pumpkin in their diet:
“We had pumpkins in the morning, and pumpkins at noon;
If it were not for pumpkins, we’d be undone soon.”
And Henry David Thoreau had even another use for a pumpkin:
“I would rather sit on a pumpkin and have the seat all to myself than be crowded on a velvet cushion.”
I think I would rather use that pumpkin to make the risotto from the cookbook than sit on it, but to each his own!