Fall Flavors

Fall Flavors

Stella Cooper, Writer

Everyone is getting excited for Halloween and the fall flavors even with COVID-19. One popular flavor is pumpkin. Pumpkins are associated with Halloween because the Irish used to carve pumpkins as we do now, but the Irish did it to scare away evil spirits. Pumpkins are also associated with fall because in the fall we harvest pumpkins.

Even though pumpkins are used to make jack-o lanterns they also are used to bake and cook. Even before America was settled by the white people, the Native Americans used pumpkin and introduced it to the white settlers. When the Irish settlers came to America they carved turnips but when they saw the pumpkin, they started carving pumpkins instead.

There are many things we make around fall that have pumpkin flavors because of the white settlers and the Native Americans. Around this time we carve pumpkins. When we carve Pumpkins we are left with the seeds so we can bake the seeds with cinnamon and sugar, savory spices, or just plain. This is a way to use the seeds that we don’t want any more.

We also make Pumpkin desserts like Pumpkin Pie and Pumpkin Bread around Thanksgiving and the fall season. Pumpkins are in season around this time so there are many desserts made out of a pumpkin. Pumpkins are also a sign of the harvest season that is in the fall so we make many pumpkin dishes to celebrate and use the pumpkin.

 

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds:

Plain seeds:

½ cup Pumpkin seeds

2 tsp butter, melted

 

Cinnamon- sugar seeds:

½ cup Pumpkin seeds

2 tsp butter, melted

1 pinch of sugar

1 pinch of cinnamon

 

Salted seeds:

1/2 cup Pumpkin seeds 

2 tsp butter, melted

1 pinch of salt

 

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F
  2. Toss the pumpkin seeds in a bowl with the butter and spices. Spread the pumpkin seeds in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake until golden brown.