[Sca-cooks] pumpkins and squashes

Stefan li Rous StefanliRous at austin.rr.com
Fri Jul 18 19:52:30 PDT 2008

Bear said:

<<< Purely as a guess, pumpkin pie began as an Elizabethean "thang"  
in the New
World as a replacement for some of the pie stuffs the colonists had left
behind.  >>>>

Okay, such as what? I can't see it replacing a berry pie. It's too  
different. And I can't think of anything in a custard pie which  
wouldn't have been available in the New World, at least after the  
colonies were going.

<<< While pumpkin and squashes in general are used in a variety of ways
and pumpkin pie is available year round, most people in the U.S.,  
when you
say "pumpkin," relate it to the pumpkin pie served as a treat between
Thanksgiving and New Year's Day. >>>

Yes. But I assume that is because pumpkins tend to ripen then.  And  
from my experience with Halloween pumpkins, they have a rather  
limited shelf life. Of course so does pumpkin pie.

Hmmm. What are the preservation methods for pumpkins and squashes, if  
any? Will they rehydrate okay if you dry them?

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