Halloween Pumpkin Carvings

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The word pumpkin derives from the Greek word pepon, which means "large melon".

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Pumpkin Death Star

Halloween carving - Star wars

Picture by pumpkin carver, Noel Dickover, from Centreville, Virginia, USA.   Nick has carved various creative pumpkin designs in the run-up to Halloween, Will and Guy can reveal.  Shown above is the Star Wars Death Star

Pumpkin Carvings - Full House

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The house pictured above is located at Beech Street, Kenova, West Virginia, USA, and over 3,000 pumpkin carvings were placed in front of this house.  Gabriel Harding took this picture.  Interestingly, if you look closely at the front row you can make out that some pumpkins have Christian symbols carved onto them.

An absolutely amazing feat say Will and Guy.

Most Lit Pumpkins In One Place

However, as with most things, Will and Guy can reveal larger numbers of pumpkins have been gathered together in one place. For years, the inhabitants of Keene, New Hampshire, USA, held and routinely set records.

In 2006, their record stood at 28,952 lit pumpkins. Yes, the pumpkins must all be lit at the same time in the same place.

But on October 26th , 2007, Boston, Massachusetts shattered this record with 30,128 lit pumpkins. Rumour has it, they are still "glowing" over this feat. The record was part of a fundraiser for Camp Sunshine, raising over $250,000 USD. [£162,000 GBP]

Watch this space to see if this record will be broken.

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From One Pumpkin to Another!

A co-worker asked Abegale, 'What is it like to be a Christian?'

Abegale replied, 'It is like being a pumpkin.' God picks you from the patch, brings you in, and washes all the dirt off of you. Then He cuts off the top and scoops out all the yucky stuff.

He removes the seeds of doubt, hate, and greed.  Then He carves you a new smiling face and puts His light inside of you to shine for all the world to see.'

This was passed on to us by another pumpkin called Joe Muise.  We liked this enough to send it to all the pumpkins in our patch.  Now it's your turn to pass it to other pumpkins.

Real Champion Pumpkin Picture

Just in case you had forgotten, this is what a real pumpkin looks like.Pumpkin Record 2009

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Bavarian Martin Reiss (left) planted the pumpkin at the end of April and harvested it in September when it was 88 days old.  This pumpkin set a new European record for pumpkins.

Here on the right we see Christy Harp with her 1,725 pound pumpkin to the Ohio Valley Giant Pumpkin Growers (OVGPG) Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off on Saturday, October 3, 2009.   Will and Guy muse, 'what would be the best use of these giant pumpkins?  Carvings, or pumpkin pie?'

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This young lady named Freya realises that she's going to need a much larger wheelbarrow as she looks at an enormous pumpkin which has already smashed two records and is set to take on the world record.

For the last six weeks the champion pumpkin has been putting on a colossal two stone in weight each day; exactly the same weight as two-year-old Freya, Will and Guy have discovered.

It has a 17 foot circumference and weighs an estimated 1,652 pounds; this orange monstrosity has already smashed the British and European records for the heaviest pumpkin after this weekend's official weigh-off the Atlantic Giant may become the heaviest pumpkin in the world.

Twin brothers Ian and Stuart Paton [49] have been growing giant pumpkins at Pine Tops Nursery in Lymington, Hampshire, England for 30 years.  Ian told us, 'The current world record weight is 1,725lbs.'  (See Christy Harp above)

The record breaking pumpkin will be star of the show when it is lifted by fork lift truck on to a pallet to compete head-to-head with other heavyweights at the Jubilee Sailing Trust Pumpkin Festival in Southampton, Hampshire on Saturday.

The previous British record, also set by the brothers in 2008, stands at 1,457lbs.

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Chris Stevens of New Richmond, Wisconsin, USA, helps position his pumpkin weighing 1,810.5 pounds (821.2 kg), being billed as the new world record holder, at the New York Botanical Garden.

Three of the world's largest pumpkins are on display at the Botanical Garden through October 31st say Will and Guy.

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Will and Guy's Savoury Pumpkin Pie Recipe

The secret of making a good savoury pumpkin pie is to use as little pumpkin as possible!  Just retain the shell to give the illusion of a Pumpkin Pie!  Let me explain, pumpkin is pretty tasteless, thus replace the flesh with your favorite food.

If you like savoury dishes such as rice then make a tasty risotto, and use it to fill the pumpkin; should your preference be for curry, then stuff the pumpkin with a chicken masala.  For those who like chili - see here for ideas. 

Once you have added your favorite dish into the pumpkin shell, cook in the oven as normal.  30 minutes at 450 °F is a good starting point.  Put back in the oven if the dish needs more cooking.  The skill of this technique is to select the size of pumpkin to match the number of people you wish to feed.

Traditional Sweet Pumpkin Pie Recipe

For a more traditional cinnamon and ginger Pumpkin Pie, here is a recipe.

Ingredients:
2 cups of fresh pumpkin
1 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons of flour
2 eggs
1 cup of evaporated milk
2 tablespoons water
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 unbaked pastry shell (10-inch)

Preparing:
Throw the pumpkin into the mixing bowl, add the sugar, salt, spices, and flour.  Crack the eggs; mix well. Add evaporated milk, water, and vanilla; give it a good stir. Pour into pastry-lined pie pan.

Cooking:
Start cooking at 420°F for 15 minutes; then reduce oven to 350°.  Bake for another 40 minutes until the center is set.

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The Fate of Pumpkin CarvingsHalloween pumpkin carvings

It is true that, after we have carved it, most of the pumpkin ends up in the bin. In fact, in the USA, where Halloween has spawned a multibillion dollar industry, it is estimated that more than 90% of pumpkins that are grown are never eaten.

Will and Guy feel that this wastefulness is a pity.

1. Firstly, these gourds are very tasty.  Not many things are more comforting than a good pumpkin soup.

2. Second, it takes a lot of water, warmth and, often, pesticides to grow these bulbous beasts - especially if there is a poor summer.

We have discovered that the smaller varieties offer the best flavour. The football-sized Jack-o-lantern pumpkins that most of us buy to carve are usually Howden Fields, Hundredweight or Connecticut Fields. The truly massive pumpkins grown to show, some weigh up to half a tonne, are Atlantic Giants, typically. If you want a variety to cook and sculpt, try Jack of all Trades, Jaspee de Vendee or Baby Bear.

Or perhaps you may choose to use beetroots or turnips to sculpt out the 'souls of the dead', just as the Irish did before emigrants discovered pumpkins on arriving in the USA.

Once you are finished with the hollowed-out skin, compost it, or do as Martha Stewart does: cut it into two halves, fill it with seeds and hang up as giant bird feeders.

 

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