We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
On Sunday night, Mrs. BD had an all-pumpkin supper: Spicy Pumpkin-Apple Soup, Pumpkin Ravioli, and a Profiterole with Pumpkin Ice Cream. It's Pumpkin season, and Pumpkin is good food.
Pumpkin is a winter squash whose original small plant is native to the Americas. For the Eastern American Indians, winter squashes were one of the Three sisters: Squash, Corn (Maize), and Beans.Indians ate healthy, organic whole foods despite, or because, they were genetically-modified foods. They didn't live very long, though. Indians in their 50s were old men while men in their 50s and 60s and 70s today run marathons, pump iron, and climb Alps. My neighbor climbed all of the Dolomites in his 80s by eating steak.
All of those Indian crops had been greatly genetically-modified over 2,000+ years by Native American geneticists, because the wild plants they started with were weeds, hardly worth bothering with. Of course, what we grow now has been greatly improved from the Indian versions.
All humans knew about genetics long before Mendel explained it.
How about pumpkin bread? And spiced pumpkins muffins? Also, pumpkin is a yummy thickener in curry (use vindaloo paste plus coconut milk and the pumpkin purée w sautéed onion and apples to make a rich chicken curry).
Good added in small amounts to homemade spaghetti sauce (again, to thicken it, but also to get more Vit A into veggie hating kids...).
We like pumpkin pudding (sorts like pumpkin pie, but without the crust). But forget about the giant watery and tasteless jack o lanterns for eating. Small Sugar is a good, small variety we grow. On the other hand, butternut squash looks similar, tastes way better and is resistant to most of the squash bugs and borers and diseases that can kill your pumpkin vines without poison infusions and sprays. And there’s a pumpkin variety called “triple treat” or something that also produces seeds that don’t have to be hulled so better for eating.
The famous 1630s Pilgrim description of eatng pumpkin:
Stead of pottage and puddings and custards and pies
Our pumpkins and parsnips are common supplies,
We have pumpkins at morning and pumpkins at noon,
If it were not for pumpkins we should be undoon.