Greet The Great Pump­kin

Where Berlin - - DINING -

When it comes to sea­sonal foods, Ger­mans tend to be rather en­thu­si­as­tic. Once they’ve had their

fill of white as­para­gus in spring, the pop­u­lace sets its culi­nary sights on straw­ber­ries, then chanterelles, fol­lowed by (pump­kin). Hard to find at other times of the year, pump­kins spring up in a wide ar­ray of va­ri­eties – and, sub­se­quently, dishes – once the leaves be­gin to turn. Restau­rants of­fer pump­kin menus, fea­tur­ing (soup), (casse­role), risotto,

and even sausages with pick­led pump­kin slices. Ger­man bak­eries add (pump­kin bread) to their se­lec­tion, and on 3 and 4 Oc­to­ber, the pic­turesque Schöneberg neigh­bor­hood of Akazienkiez (U Eise­nacher Straße) closes its main road to host a fes­ti­val in the gourd's honor, with

amaz­ing dis­plays of old-fash­ioned heir­loom va­ri­eties and pump­kin wine to sam­ple.

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