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Review by Debbie Mazo
Nothing says fall more than a visit to the pumpkin patch. Pumpkins come in all shapes and sizes, from miniature to the Atlantic Giant which can weigh over 1000 pounds. Find out how you can make pumpkins the centerpiece of your Halloween celebration at the Pumpkin Nook, the Internet Shrine and Library for pumpkins.
If you've longed to produce a prize pumpkin, the Pumpkin Nook offers all the information you'll need for a successful growing season. Click on How to Grow for tips on everything from germination to seedling care and planting. You'll also find timely guidelines for storing your pumpkin to make it last through to Halloween, like washing it in a mild chlorine solution to destroy bacteria.
When it comes to nutrition, pumpkins are a powerhouse rich in vitamins, particular beta carotene and vitamin A. Pumpkins are also tremendously versatile, and can add a unique touch to just about any dish. The Pumpkin Nook features a growing cookbook with recipes for just about every occasion. For a main entrée, try the Chili, Pumpkin Style served with hot, garlic bread. Or whip up a light and flavorful dessert of Pumpkin Rum Mousse decorated with whipped cream and nuts.
Jack-o-lanterns can be traced back to Ireland where followers of Hallow's eve originally gourded seasonal offerings like turnips, rutabagas, gourds, potatoes, and beets. The Pumpkin Nook lets you in on all the spooky traditions associated with this October holiday like carving recommendations, ghostly links, online games, and more.
Debbie Mazo is a writer and editor based in Vancouver, Canada. She's been writing the NetFood Digest column for the Global Gourmet since 1997. You can contact her at djmbc@[email-address-removed].
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This page created October 2001