Every year in August, we pick a nice sunny day on the weekend to go pumpkin shopping as a family. And every year the man in the family takes his time to very selectively look for the biggest and most perfect pumpkin he can bring home.
(The boys and I pick out just normal size pumpkins, that's good enough for us.)
The 70 pound pumpkin has been adorning the entrance to our house for just over 2 months.
And today, on October 31st, it was time to carve it.
The normal carving tools you get at the store in the carving kit were of no help. Real carpenter's tools were needed to get through the thick walls. As the kids pulled out the flesh, we saw the seeds.
But also beautiful, look at their gorgeous caramel color.
They looked yummy as they came right out of our giant pumpkin.
Above they are pictured next to normal size pumpkin seeds.
Well, I toasted them right away, eager to compare.
The small ones came out yummy as expected, but the big seeds - BIG disappointment.
It was like eating unshelled sunflower seeds where you have to spit out the shell, but the inside wasn't quite worth the effort.
I have googled recipes for the giant seeds, but unsuccessful. If someone knows how to most enjoy the big seeds, please let me know. I'm pretty sure my husband will continue his yearly tradition of finding the perfect pumpkin.
P.S. I put a few seeds aside to dry and plant next year.