Squashed!

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Tak­ing cen­ter stage in mar­kets across Berlin this month is the hum­ble pump­kin, or win­ter squash if we want to be more pre­cise. Oth­er­wise hard to find the rest of the year, come au­tumn you will be over­whelmed with pump­kins of all shapes, sizes, and col­ors. Think small green acorns, shapely but­ter­nuts, greenand yel­low-mot­tled squash, knobby spec­i­mens which seem to have de­vel­oped hunch­backs, and of course the large golden- orange va­ri­ety per­fect for carv­ing your Hal­loween jack- o’- lan­tern. Tak­ing place on 4 and 5 Oc­to­ber is even a Kür­bis (pump­kin) fes­ti­val in Schöneberg’s Akazien­straße, with amaz­ing dis­plays of un­usual and old-fash­ioned heir­loom va­ri­eties that are also up for pur­chase. Any­one who can’t wait un­til the home cook­ing’s done can me­an­der through the stands and sam­ple de­li­cious pump­kin soups, pump­kin bread, and pump­kin wine. The kids’ rides and ac­tiv­i­ties are also a big hit.

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