Autumn brings beautiful gourmet pumpkins which are great for eating and also using as decorations. There many different varieties available and each have their own uses.
Chirimen: a Japanese Heirloom with dark green skin, maturing to a grey colour. Creamy yellow on the inside, moist thick flesh which has a sweet nutty flavour.
Delicata: yellow with green stripes, sweet and tasty but also pretty for use as decoration.
Jack be Little: beautiful for individual presentations, sweet and delicious baked or steamed whole.
Spaghetti Squash: Vegetable Spaghetti (aka Vegetable Squash) is the perfect substitute for your pasta dish and has a quarter of the calories. Scrape a fork across the baked flesh to separate it into pasta-like strands, for loads of yummy ways to use it just as you would use pasta.
White Cloud: dryish flesh, chest-nutty flavour. To keep moist, eat with a light sauce or butter. Best cooked steamed.