Pumpkins are very versatile in their uses for cooking. From the fleshy shell to the seeds, to even the flowers; most parts of the pumpkin are edible.
In North America, traditionally, pumpkin pie a very popular Halloween and Thanksgiving staple. When the Pilgrims sailed for America on the Mayflower in 1620, it’s likely some of them were as familiar with pumpkins as the Wampanoag North American natives, who helped them survive their first year at Plymouth Colony, were. … A 1653 French cookbook instructed chefs to boil the pumpkin in milk and strain it before putting it in a pie crust. Although most people use store-bought canned pumpkin today today homemade pumpkin purée can be made far more flavorful and wholesome. When ripe, the pumpkin can be boiled, baked, steamed, or roasted. In its native North America, it is a significant, traditional part of the autumn harvest, eaten mashed and making its way into soups and purees.