A lovely autumn
day is the best time for a drive in the countryside.
It's also the perfect opportunity to get a taste for
the local fruits, vegetables and produce that abound
in your area. We met up with a pumpkin and an apple
expert, each gives us some valuable information and
tips on finding the best that this colourful season
has to offer.
When it comes to pumpkins, there are many more available
than the run-of-the-mill orange ones that we’re
all used to seeing at Halloween time. A pit stop at
the pumpkin patch reveals some interesting varieties.
White pumpkins, such as “Casper” and “Lumina”
are not typically used to make jack-o-lanterns, but
are quite spellbinding nonetheless. The “Rouge
Vive de Tanse”, or “Cinderella” pumpkins,
perhaps so-called for their strong resemblance to the
said fairy-tale carriage, are very heavy and dense.
So what if there are warts on the surface? They give
them character; you don’t always want a pristine
pumpkin, do you?
Then, there’s the “Jarrahdale” squash,
a favourite of Australia, which actually looks like
a gray pumpkin and finally, the suitably named “Atlantic
Giant”, the seeds of which are about as big as
a thumb. A tip to remember: if you’re interested
in using the pumpkins for cooking and not just decorations,
the tastiest ones are the small sugar pumpkins, also
known as pie pumpkins, as they are perfect for making
If you’re lucky enough to take a trip to an orchard
and see apples on trees firsthand, you can expect to
find quite the assortment of apples. Apple season is
traditionally from about late July through October,
but the idea is to get them off the trees before the
wind gets there first.
Some of the many different varieties are “Matsus”
and “Romes”. The “Ida Red” and
the “Golden Delicious” are firm apples,
great for pies and for eating. Whether it’s for
baking, eating, or winter keeping, there are all types
of apples for all types of people.