Des Moines, Iowa – RadioIowa – Halloween was a week ago and the pumpkin push is over in Iowa. If you can still find some of the seasonal orange gourds at the grocery store, one expert says consider making a pie from the actual vegetable instead of buying it canned. U-S-D-A crop specialist Dave Horner says be sure and buy the right variety of pumpkin for baking.
Besides pumpkin pies, Horner says there’s pumpkin bread, pumpkin cookies and even pumpkin smoothies to be made for the Thanksgiving and the holiday seasons. To store the ingredients longer, consider pureeing the pumpkin.
Now is a great time to stock up on pumpkins for eating or for Thanksgiving decorations as most varieties are marked down.
If you want to decorate for Thanksgiving, there are many varieties available in colors well beyond the traditional orange, including yellow, red, white, blue and green.