As soon as summer turns to fall, many cooks in the Western Hemisphere start to think about all the delicious seasonal produce that is just around the corner. While the summer months may be all about crisp salads and fresh fruit, fall is a time when you can savor heartier fare. No foodstuff is more symbolic of this season than the vibrant orange pumpkin.
Pumpkins are a member of the squash family and one of the best things about them is that they are so versatile. Surprisingly though, they are not just celebrated in the Western Hemisphere. Pumpkin is actually eaten all over the world, which tells you everything you need to know about its versatility and great flavor.
We often associate the humble pumpkin with Halloween, but pumpkins are eaten all year round in many parts of the globe. They are used to celebrate a number of different holidays. Join us as we show you the world in pumpkin dishes.
Zupa z Dyni
Pumpkin is very popular in Poland, where it is used in a delicious pumpkin soup called zupa z dyni. Many other kinds of pumpkin soup add spices to the mix, but the traditional Polish version eschews this in order to let the sweet flavor of the pumpkin shine through.
One of the other things that also makes this soup different from many others around the world is the addition of delicious potato dumplings, which make it even heartier. Cream is also added to give the soup a wonderful silky consistency making it the perfect comfort food for cold nights.
Sorrentinos de Calabaza
Sorrentinos de calabaza comes from Argentina, but it originated in Italy before being adapted over the years. In its most basic form, this dish consists of pumpkin (the calabaza part of the dish) which is cooked and stuffed into dumplings that look like a large kind of ravioli shell. The ravioli is briefly simmered in boiling water and then served with a sumptuous butter sauce, which is drizzled over the pumpkin dumplings.
If you think that pumpkin is only eaten in cold climates, then think again as ginataang kalabasa comes from the Philippines in Southeast Asia. This is best described as a kind of curry dish that mixes the natural sweetness of the pumpkin with a range of other ingredients.
To make this dish, the pumpkin is diced and then slowly boiled in coconut milk. This gives it a slightly sweet, but also delightfully creamy, consistency, and the curry is often served with rice. Often it will also be topped with juicy shrimp or another protein.