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Pumpkins from the Great Pumpkin Patch

The Martha Stewart Show, October 2005

Seminole pumpkins are native to the Everglades. They were first seen hanging from moss-covered trees by European explorers. At the Great Pumpkin Patch, this pumpkin is a staff favorite. Rare in nature, they can withstand extreme conditions, such as drought, heat, and wet weather.

The Japanese winter squash is called the Tetsukabuto, which means "Iron Squash." The exterior of the squash is nearly black, while the fleshy inside is yellow in color, and tastes sweet and nutty. Tetsukabuto is sometimes fried in olive oil and served as a side dish, or made into a delicious chiffon pie.

The Kakai, which is native to America, has dramatic dark stripes on a gold field. They are stunning fall decorations. Although they look beautiful on any table as a centerpiece, you may want to think about serving them instead of observing them. Kakai's seeds are "naked," which means they have no shells -- making them optimal for roasting.

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