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As a food, as a piece of natural art, and as an enduring symbol of fall, pumpkins are practically perfect in every way.

If you’re not certain about squash’s preeminence, please allow us to present some of the evidence in their favor: They’re incredibly healthy; they come in all sorts of enchanting shapes, shades, and sizes; almost every part is edible, from skin to seeds; they’re cooked in cuisines all over the globe; they’re great for decorating your space all fall; and they even make fantastic (if polarizing) beer that’s the alcoholic answer to the PSL!

Seriously, squash is hot. Check out all our premium pumpkin content and see if you don’t come away with a new appreciation of the almighty gourd.

How to Make Desserts Using a Whole Pumpkin

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As in, you can eat the entire thing (well, except the stem). See how to use the whole pumpkin in dessert.

An International Look at Pumpkin: How It’s Prepared Around the World

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Making grub from gourds is a global phenomenon, and for good reason. They’re nutritious, delicious, and versatile enough to star in all sorts of dishes. Get pumpkin recipes from other countries.

What’s the Difference Between Pumpkin Puree and Pumpkin Pie Filling?

What's the difference between canned pumpkin and pumpkin pie filling?

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It’s a little more than just a spoonful of sugar, so be sure you always grab the right can (and know when you can substitute). Find out the finer points of canned pumpkin vs pumpkin pie filling.

Clever Ways to Decorate with Pumpkins This Fall

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Gourds are great for giving a seasonally festive feel to your home, from Halloween through Thanksgiving, no matter what your style (and ambition level). It’s worth looking at the DIY pumpkin succulent planter, at the very least. Get ideas on decorating with pumpkins for fall.

Pumpkin Pie Lies: It’s Actually Canned Squash

Are there actually pumpkins in pumpkin pie?

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Sure, it’s a matter of semantics, but we like to know exactly what we’re getting. And the history of how cucurbits ended up in pies—and in cans—in the first place is an interesting one. Discover the truth about pumpkin pie.

How Do People Grow Massive Pumpkins?

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Now, that’s a great pumpkin, Charlie Brown! Here’s how people grow those gargantuan gourds—and what it’s like to compete in giant pumpkin contests (surprisingly lucrative, in some cases). Learn the secrets to growing giant pumpkins.

What’s Actually in Pumpkin Spice? (And Why Does It Work So Well?)

What's in pumpkin spice?

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We break down the science of the flavors we fall for every autumn. Even if you don’t like ’em in your latte, these warm spices will work together to win you over. See what pumpkin spice is made of.

Love It or Loathe It, Pumpkin Beer Is a Fall Staple, and Older Than You May Think

Who invented pumpkin beer? How is pumpkin ale made? Are there actually pumpkins in pumpkin beer?

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Turns out, you might have George Washington to thank—or blame—for pumpkin beer! And is there actually pumpkin in it? Slake your thirst for knowledge and find out how pumpkin beer is made and who invented it.

From Blue to Cheese, Get to Know These Under-the-Radar Pumpkin and Squash Varieties

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These unusual squashes are eye-catching and palate-pleasing, but they can be hard to find, so get thee to a pumpkin patch, posthaste. Or take a virtual tour of interesting and uncommon kinds of winter squash.

Corn Boxes, Pig Races, and a Pumpkin-Eating Dinosaur: The Wonders of an Over-the-Top Fall Pumpkin Festival

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Even more reasons to locate your local pumpkin farm, ASAP! And even if you don’t have a kid to entertain, your inner child will have tons of fun (plus, you can pick up delicious things to eat along the way). See what you might find at a pumpkin farm or fall festival near you.

6 Reasons Why Pumpkin Is the New Superfood

How healthy is pumpkin?

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They’re perfect, they’re beautiful, they look like Linda Evangelista—I mean, they’re a nutritional powerhouse. And they are definitely a model member of the superfood club. Discover the health benefits of pumpkin.

The Tools You Need to Carve a Perfect Pumpkin

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These are the right tools for the job—of pretending you’re competing on “Halloween Wars” (or just pulling off the best jack-o-lantern on the block). See how to carve a pumpkin like a pro with these tools.

We Taste-Tested Some of the Wildest Pumpkin Spice Products We Could Find

Which pumpkin spice products are actually good?

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And sad to say, they were not all smashing…but some were! Find out which pumpkin spice snacks are actually good (aka worth the hit to your wallet—and your waistline).

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Jen is an editor at Chowhound. Raised on scrapple and blue crabs, she hails from Baltimore, Maryland, but has lived in Portland (Oregon) for so long it feels like home. She enjoys the rain, reads, writes, eats, and cooks voraciously, and stops to pet every stray cat she sees. Continually working on building her Gourmet magazine collection, she will never get over its cancellation. Read more of her work.
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