Tuesday, October 13, 2009

The Milk Pumpkin

I had a few people ask me at work why did my Pumpkin Bread and Pumpkin Pie taste different than what they usually have. So I thought maybe everyone didn't know the different pumpkins. Here is some information I thought I would share with everyone. Well for one thing I don't and refuse to use pumpkin out of a can and I use a Milk Pumpkin. Some people use regular Jack-o-Lantern pumpkins but not me! The Milk Pumpkin is denser, sweeter and a brighter orange flesh, which is great for pies, breads, etc. . This whole thing just reminded me I need to look for my Pumpkin Cookie recipe-love them! When I went back home recently my Dad gave me a Milk Pumpkin he grew in his garden and this week I need to cook it up and freeze it for later use. I think how the milk pumpkin got it's name is because it is a lighter color than the regular pumpkin (it looks like milk has been added to the color making it lighter). I also read sometimes this pumpkin is called a cheese pumpkin because it looks like a wheel of cheese. All I know is these pumpkins make the best pies, cakes, cookies and breads! Below are 2 pictures of pumpkins so you can see the difference.

Here is a regular Jack-o-Lantern pumpkin.

Here is a Milk Pumpkin-you can definitely see the difference. The Milk Pumpkin is more squat too.

What ever pumpkin you use to make your pies, breads, cakes, cookies, pancakes, etc. I'm sure they are good!


Storybook Woods said...

I have never heard of milk-pie but I will check it out. Now I use long-pie pumpkin. It looks like a big zuccine and is very good. Clarice

Victoria - Florence and Mary said...

I've only ever seen the bright orange pumpkins in the UK but I'm going to hunt out these milk ones. They're so pretty.

Victoria x

Donna said...

Interesting. You can definitely see the difference.

Brenda @ Its A Beautiful Life said...

Thanks for the tips! I didn't realize there were different varieties of pumpkin that would make a difference to pies and other autumn treats.

Guess I just never thought about it.

Would you be willing to share your pumpkin cookie recipe? It sounds like a neat way to eat pumpkin.

Kay said...

Gorgeous photos, Sherri! I love your header photo. It just really sets the mood.

Milk pumpkins? I wonder if they have it in Hawaii. I'll keep a look out for them.

Sherri said...

Tonight I'll post my pumpkin cookie recipe and my Great Grandmother's Pumpkin Pie recipe. Her pie is very light not the dark pumpkin. It is almost like pumpkin custard and oh so yummy! My mouth is watering just thinking about it-LOL!

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My husband, John and I went to Ireland for our 25th Wedding Anniversary in 2004. We had an awesome trip and we will never forget it. We actually got to visit our friends who live in Northern Ireland. We spent 3 wonderful days with them! The picture above was taken when we visited The Ring of Kerry. The beauty of Ireland is just spectacular! If you ever get a chance visit there.
Megan is my oldest daughter. She and Ken were married on April 12, 2008. It was a wonderful ceremony and reception!
Jenny and Kevin at their wedding 8/30/08. The wedding was at our home and turned out wonderful! Everyone had such a good time!