Pumpkins are for more than Jack-O-Lanterns! They can be used for a variety of wonderful dishes. While pumpkins provide an alternative to the usual winter vegetables, they also help fulfill daily nutritional requirements.
Small, immature pumpkins provide the most flavorful dish. Pumpkins smaller in size are more tender and less stringy than the larger variety. Select pumpkins anywhere between five to eight pounds. When selecting a pumpkin, make sure there are no blemishes or decay spots and that there is a bit of the stem left in place. Store the pumpkin in a cool dry place and it will last for the winter. However, pumpkin is highly perishable and must be cooked the same day it is cut open. Cooked pumpkin should be chilled immediately.