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Thread #165215   Message #4063226
Posted By: Charmion
07-Jul-20 - 08:58 AM
Thread Name: BS: Recipes - what are we eating?
Subject: RE: BS: Recipes - what are we eating?
I think I knew that, JennieG. I was being sarcastic.

North Americans are weird about the fruit of genus Cucurbita. Acre upon acre of pumpkins (the big, round orange kind) are grown here, but I'll bet money that a substantial proportion of them end up in landfill and compost bins after a couple of weeks on doorsteps as Hallowe'en decorations. Pies and sweet breads are about the only ways most of us eat the flesh, if we bother at all, and most people use canned pumpkin because, you know, convenience. We're a bit more flexible with squash, but not much, and the long-keeping winter squashes are often served sweetened.

Most of the recipes I know for squash or pumpkin that are not sweet are from Asian and African cuisines. I have never seen canned pumpkin or squash soup in a grocery store.