Ode to the pumpkins
It is har vest time for pumpkins in Queen Anne’s County! Pumpkin is a fast growing vine that creeps along the surface as a field crop. It is time to harvest all mature pumpkins before a hard freeze. “Frost on the Pumpkin Time!” A light frost will destroy the vines and should not harm the fruit. Halloween pumpkins are harvested September through October.
Autumn splendor brings pumpkins that can be seen everywhere in fields on sunny days with beautiful azure blue skies and evening sunset skies. These gourds grow on beautiful green vines in the pumpkin patch.
You can find them sitting on display at produce stands and fences, decorating homes and gardens and ready for carving jack-o’-lanterns for Halloween. Pumpkins are the centerpiece for fall festivals. It is time for family traditions for a variety of delicious recipes from our kitchens to make pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread, cookies, casseroles, soups, toasted pumpkin seeds and more.
A pumpkin is a cultivar of a squash plant that is round, with smooth, slightly ribbed skin, and deep yellow to orange coloration. The thick shell contains the seeds and pulp. Best of all pumpkins is food has many health benefits, rich in vital antioxidants, low in saturated fat and very low in cholesterol and sodium. It is also a good source of Vitamin E, Vitamin B6, folate, iron magnesium and a good source of dietary fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Riboflavin and potassium.
Ode to the Pumpkin!
Pumpkins are harvested in a field next to Route 301 in northern Queen Anne’s County.
JUDY MELVIN EDELHEIT