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SEP-OCT 2018

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42 | S E P T E M B E R / O C T O B E R 2 0 1 8 FRESH STYLE I garden PHOTOS BY JANE COLCLASURE (TOP) AND HORTUS LTD. P. Allen Smith shares favorite pumpkin varieties for decorating, display, carving, and cooking By P. ALLEN SMITH ESPITE WHAT THE calendar says, autumn doesn't begin for me until I see my first pumpkin of the season. Pumpkins mean delicious seasonal desserts, beautiful fall centerpieces, and creative home and garden décor that starts at the dining room table and extends to the front door and beyond. I've even made a house out of pumpkins! This orange, round squash plays a quintessential role in life at Moss Mountain Farm, indoors and out. But pumpkins are not all created equal. They vary greatly in size (palm- sized minis to 1,000-pound giants), color (white, green, tan, orange, blue), texture (smooth, warty, crackled, ridged), shape (from squat to round), and use. Let's explore some of my favorites. CHOOSING THE BEST PUMPKIN FOR YOUR AUTUMN RECIPES Over the years I've used pumpkin in recipes ranging from savory chicken stew to crème brûlée and martinis, and I'm not even close to finishing exploring the boundaries of this versatile fruit. It brings a flexibility to cooking that I really admire. Sweet desserts and breads? Check. Savory main dishes? Of course. Thick, creamy soups? Naturally. And the health benefits are undeniable. One cup of fresh pumpkin contains only 3 grams of sugar and is rich in fiber. It's also a great source of minerals and vitamins A, C, and E. So eat up! While all pumpkins are edible, some are better for taste and texture. Scout out some of the more popular cooking varieties to make your dishes shine. D Seasonal Star ABOVE: "With the arrival of fall, I set my table with beautiful fall themes that include various-sized pumpkins," says Smith. BELOW: A luncheon tablescape offers a nice departure from traditional fall hues.

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